Washington Post review of Beauty of Inflections, by Mark Jenkins by Susan Hostetler

Susan Hostetler and Julia Bloom

A grand swoop of life-size, varicolored birds covers most of the largest uninterrupted wall of the high-ceilinged Athenaeum, where “The Beauty of Inflections” is on display. The birds, made primarily of clay, are the work of District-based artist Susan Hostetler. They flock alongside painted-stick sculptures by Julia Bloom, also of the District, whose constructions suggest nests and baskets but are too airy to be either.

The space defined by birds and branches is central to the effect. Bloom’s and Hostetler’s pieces are generally mounted close to the white walls, so they throw shadows in shifting patterns. Both artists explore the same motifs in [two]-dimensional works on paper or Mylar. The grids and the birds remain compelling when rendered loosely in, respectively, charcoal or gouache and graphite. Bloom’s and Hostetler’s celebrations of nature are also explorations of abstract form.

July 22, 2016

Alchemical Vessels at Joan Hisaoka Gallery, U Street, Washington DC by Susan Hostetler

Alchemical Vessels, exhibit at Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, opening March 18th.

closing May 6th.

The vessel for this year's exhibit is the Cigar Box.  Each artist is asked to transform the cigar box by means of his of her own personal aesthetic and medium into a healing vessel.   I formed clay birds mounted at varying elevations on plexi rods and attached them to the box.  These birds operate as agents of healing as they fly into the box. or toward an area of need.  The box is lined with markings which are interpretations of bird songs.

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