About Susan Ward
Susan Ward explores the interest of expanding influence of media entertainment. As well as its history and how it confirms or detracts from different philosophies of reality and fantasy. Using nail polish and print transfers, Susan remarkably communicates her idea in a way that forces the viewer to think about heavy subjects and issues such as love and all things malevolent. The images in her work originate from media sources and are digitally enhanced to create a collage, painting, or installation. Being self-taught, Susan pushes the limit and takes the innovative challenge to use her freedom, explore the environment, and use media images in an ironic way express a thought or vision.
I am interested in the expanding influence of media entertainment, as well as its history, and how it confirms or detracts from our philosophies of reality and fantasy. We are drawn to drama, we love it and we can’t get enough of it. In particular, we seem to be drawn to love and violence. Can we have one without the other – how are they intertwined? Is violence escapable or a necessary, natural condition that we all must endure and accept? Furthermore, how can we as a people protect the Earth while maintaining our natural instincts for violence and greed? The images in my work originate from media sources – TV, internet, photographs and are digitally enhanced to create a collage, painting or installation. The materials are often pedestrian – computer printouts, nail polish, cardboard. Being self-taught allows me the freedom to explore my environment unencumbered by convention and history – I’m tied to the computer at work, let’s use of “Word” to create digital art, I love my TV programs, let’s use those images in an ironic way to communicate an idea, I have limited funds, let’s use dollar store nail polish and make paintable 2-D bases from Home Depot. It all works!