Icon  Gallery view: work by Suzanne Kammin from the “Three Painters” show,
ARTIST: SUZANNE KAMMIN
Suzanne Kammin was born in New York, New York in 1965. Except for a brief stint at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, Ireland in her junior year of college, Suzanne studied fine art at the Rhode Island School of Design and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting in 1987. In 1988, Suzanne began her graduate studies at the San Francisco Art Institute where she connected with Bay Area figurative painter Bruce McGaw, student and friend of Richard Diebenkorn. Their rapport was based on their mutual commitment to an appreciation of naturalistic painting and a traditional approach to skill development and technique; nonetheless, with a strong background in representational painting and drawing, Suzanne used her interest in abstract expressionism and minimalist art of the 1960's to develop a new approach to her painting. By the time she graduated with her MFA in Painting from SFAI in 1990, she had moved from painting modernist sill life works to monolithic, dark abstract paintings inspired by the San Francisco earthquake of 1989 and the natural landscape of the west coast.

Since graduate school, Suzanne has continued with her commitment to process oriented painting. Her work has gone through several transformations, though in all her work, Suzanne’s process and the resulting images function more like aesthetic archeological objects rather than painted images - they are a result of exploration into the unknown in order to find something that will inherently be unique because the process is personal and intuitive.

In Suzanne’s recent small wax paintings, the various compositional elements are made more or less defined. She uses brushed-on sheets of wax to obscure parts of the image and to bring other parts into focus. Although the precise methods are enigmatic, the history of the work’s creation remains evident. Like looking through water, part of what can be seen remains vague; other elements rise to the surface and make themselves clear.

Suzanne has shown her work in solo and group exhibitions in the United States and Canada. Her work has been reviewed in The New York Times. She also has a great commitment to her profession as an instructor of painting and drawing. Suzanne began her teaching career at The Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto in 1990 and subsequently worked for several years as an adjunct professor of painting and drawing at Parsons School of Design and as a lecturer in art at Caldwell College. Suzanne now serves as Chair of Visual Arts at Convent of the Sacred Heart in Manhattan where she also teaches Advanced Placement Painting and Drawing.