Becky Suss

2019 PEW FELLOW
Updated
21 Oct 2019

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Becky Suss, 2019 Pew Fellow.

“I begin each painting as though the inhabitants of the space have passed away and the objects that have outlived them are all that is left to tell pieces of their story.”

Becky Suss is a visual artist whose paintings of domestic interiors are sown with subtle and enigmatic allusions to the lives of their inhabitants. Suss’ process, she explains, “mirrors the way that we form and re-form memories and explores how hallways, closets, and stairways can become stand-ins for spaces of the mind.” Often painted in three-quarter scale, her large canvases use vivid color, pattern, and distorted perspective to suggest an otherworldly quality. Suss’ 2018 solo exhibition at Fleisher/Ollman Gallery featured renderings of the distinctively crafted home of sculptor and woodworker Wharton Esherick. Her 2017 exhibition Homemaker at Jack Shainman Gallery explored the connection among home, family, and female identity. Suss’ work has also been shown in exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Vox Populi Gallery; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Suss holds an MFA from the University of California, Berkeley, and she attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.