Susan Heller

Artist Statement

As far back as I can remember I was always sewing something—making things. I think I was born with “busy hands”. So it was inevitable that as an adult I would find my way to quilt making.

Quilting has been an evolutionary process for me…both technically and expressively. I use my quilts to reimagine the arts of other cultures, to explore states of mind – how different experiences and events play out in my thoughts.

My work falls outside of the traditional function of a quilt. Most pieces have been released from the confinement of the customary background. Others have had the background removed to a second layer, creating a level of dimension not typical of quilted works. Each piece has been appliquéd, quilted and either embellished with hand-embroidery or beading or both. Of late I’ve been exploring the sculptural potential of these ‘released’ quilted forms.

I am a native New Yorker, who with my husband Jack, in 2008 relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area, drawn west by the call of family, the beautiful California hills and the arts-friendly community.

Solo Shows

2011 Thousand Oaks Gallery, Berkeley, CA
2011 Masks & Meditations: The Moraga Art Gallery, Moraga, CA
2012 Out of Africa: Orinda Public Library, Orinda, CA
2012 De Vrys University Lobby, 505 14th St., Oakland CA
2015 Union Bank Lobbies, 350 & 400 California St., San Francisco, CA
2016 500 Howard Street, Lobby Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Commission Work

2004 Square Dance
2008 Be One With Each Other
2014 Zero Gravity Dreamscape

Group/Juried Shows

1997 World of Quilts: Northern Star Quilters Guild, Somers NY (Honorable Mention)
1997 Quilts=Art=Quilts: Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn NY (3rd Place Award)
1998 World of Quilts: Northern Star Quilters Guild, Somers NY (2nd Place Award)
2007 Thrice Threads: Pomona Cultural Center Gallery, Pomona, NY
2011 Fiber Dimensions at the Blue Line Gallery, Roseville, CA
2011 Fiber Dimensions at the Bay Model, Sausalito, CA
2011 500 Howard Street, Lobby Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2011 Congregational Church, Tiburon, CA
2012 EBHQ - Voices in Cloth: Craneway Pavilion, Richmond, CA
2012 Gayle Van Dyke Atrium Gallery, Greenbrae, CA
2013 Intersections 6/Fiber Dimensions & Beyond: Herbst Exhibition Hall, The Presidio, SF CA
2014 EBHQ - Voices in Cloth: Craneway Pavilion, Richmond, CA 2015
2014 KPFA Annual Crafts Fair, Richmond CA
2015 SAQA-That’s A Quilt?: San Francisco Quilt Guild, San Francisco, CA
2016 EBHQ - Voices in Cloth: Craneway Pavilion, Richmond, CA 2015
2016 Outside the Line: Marin Society of Artists, San Raefel, CA

Guest Speaker

2014 Creativity Celebration: OLLI, San Francisco CA,
2014 INSPIRATION: Looking Out, Looking In: Valley Stitcher’s Guild, Pleasant Hill, CA,
2016 EBHQ: Thursday Night Meet-ups

Media

The Quilt Life Magazine, October 2011, featured “Jester”, a dual-image mask
Contra Costa Times Walnut Creek Journal, Arts & Leisure Section: Feature Article, November 2011
Lamorinda Weekly, November 9, 2011
Lamorinda Sun, November 18, 2011
The Orinda News, July 2012
SAQA Journal, Health & Wholeness feature, Fall 2015: ‘Disappearing into Alzheimer’s’

Organizations

Fiber Dimensions
East Bay Heritage Quilters (EBHQ)
Studio Art Quilter’s Association (SAQA)

Contact Information

susan@quiltedbysusanheller.com
sjhellerca@gmail.com
www.quiltedbysusanheller.com