Painter · Sculptor
Born December 25, 1960, Linden, New Jersey
Most of my subjects are humble people of simple surroundings. A common theme throughout my work capitalizes on the subtle, yet powerful strength and courage shown by a few.
The powerful theme of those who are disenfranchised in our society infuses Susan Twardus' work, both charcoal drawings and paper sculptures, with a noble sadness. Her figures, in their genteel shabbiness, evoke empathy rather than harsh judgment, and it is not possible to turn away quickly, as we feel that but for a twist of fate this could easily be us. Of special interest are the paper sculptures, in which each figure rises out of a stack of actual New York Times newspapers that forms the pedestal.
A recipient of many awards, Twardus has exhibited both her drawings and her sculptures locally at Phillips' Mill, Arts Bridge, and the Coryell Gallery. Twardus is represented in the 2005 exhibition, The Contemporary Eye, at the James A. Michener Art Museum in New Hope, Pennsylvania.