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Susanne Pitak-Davis

Painter · Sculptor
Born 1947, Passaic, New Jersey

Susanne Pitak-Davis' work is an exploration of the concept of "art as talisman," where energy is embedded in an object to impart a sense of the divine. In doing this, her art incorporates fragments of memory and myth woven together in a colorful cacophony where joyous, whimsical beings celebrate the rich complexity of life.
Her work in sculpture relies heavily on assemblage. The form underneath is handbuilt, with either hydrocal, winterstone or das pronto. She then paints and decorates with assemblage and beadwork. Her paintings are either acrylic or oil. The colors in her work are very intense and reminiscent of the Southwest where she lived for about seven years.
Susanne works as an art therapist, where she is helping people to heal through art. She is currently employed at New Jersey State Prison in Trenton, NJ. Through the years, she has worked with adults, geriatrics, children, and people struggling with catastrophic illnesses.

Image: Susanne Pitak-Davis, photo courtesy of the artists, James A. Michener Art Museum


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