My materials are not just found objects, they are the elements of everyday life. I can only wonder at the journey they took. They are an enigma. Forensic puzzles so quotidian that we no longer see them. They are lost.
The natural cycles of decomposition and rebirth don’t hold true here. For discarded trash there is no renewal, only degradation. This sadness leads me to ponder their reincarnation. They are here for me to transform. And so I do, knowing all along that such a thing is empirically impossible. Reinventing is a way to make sense, a way of slowing you down to take another look . It adds a new sense of energy to this debris.
Perhaps the playful quality of my work is an attempt to create my own illusion of truth. It's narrative quality has a sense of childlike curiosity, yet it occupies a space of adult references. Reinventing is a way to make sense, a way of slowing you down to take another look.
Susan Allbert is a multimedia artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Born in the U.K., she graduated from the University of Central England with a B.A.Honors in printed textiles and went on to study at the Royal College of Art in London, where she received an MFA.
Her work has been shown at the Central Park Arsenal, Bryant Park and in various group shows including most recently, a stop motion animation short film in “Hands On: The Illusion of Movement” at the Pocket Utopia Gallery in New York City. In 2013, she was awarded first prize in the Creative Climate Action Awards for her installation piece “Tidemarks”. Her work is sold all over the world and has been featured in numerous international publications.