After being institutionalized for a large part of her youth, Susan Wise became interested in crafts in a vocational training program.
For more than two decades, Wise has explored and mastered numerous craft forms – quilts, embroidery and ceramics. But Wise’s true masterworks are baskets.
Unlike traditional basket making, which uses a very regimented math to tightly and firmly weave the materials, Wise has invented her process. She first lays out the twine or rope and begins shaping it into the vessel, and the, using a different diameter of string or yarn, lashes the coils into place.
Characteristic of Wise’s vessels are their emphasis on biomorphic forms and shapes. Through her use of color and materials (hemp twine, various ropes, threads and fabric scraps), her baskets often seem to undulate and sway to an invisible rhythm, while frequently seeming to be collapsing under their own weight as if exhausted by their dance.
// Susan’s available work //
recent exhibition history
Thread Heads // Berkeley Art Center 2017
Hanging On a Thread: Fiber Art From NIAD Art Center // Contra Costa County McBrien Administrative Building Martinez 2017
Word Play // organized by Kate Klingbeil NIAD Art Center 2017
We Can Do It! 2 // Hurwich Library, Alliant University San Francisco 2017
Mayor Tom Butt Selects The Art Of NIAD // Mayor’s Suite Richmond 2017
21 // organized by Ben Sanders Left Field Gallery San Luis Obispo 2017
Souls And Scenarios // organized by Gina Borg NIAD Art Center 2016
Curious Weave // organized by Ramekon O’Arwisters NIAD Art Center 2016
Felicia Griffin + Susan Wise // organized by Katie Johnson Yali’s Café Stanley Hall Berkeley 2016
Celebrating A Vision: Art & Disability // San Francisco International Airport Terminal Two 2016
Joyful Tidings Of The Golden Future Time // organized by Jon Shibata Yali’s Café Berkeley 2016
Hanging By A Thread // organized by Katie Johnson Yali’s Café Berkeley 2016
Wrapped Up In You: NIAD’s Quilts // NIAD Art Center 2015
Telling It Slant // organized by Courtney Eldridge Richmond Art Center 2015
I <3 You: Valentines From Angela Rogers, Lisa Blevens, Susan Wise + Sara Malpass // NIAD Art Center 2015
Susan Wise’s Biomorphic Baskets // NIAD Art Center 2014
Yes To The Dress Pop-Up Shop // organized by Peter Gravener NIAD Art Center 2013
Undercover Genuises // organized by Jan Moore Petaluma Art Center 2013
Diamond Dogs Pet Supply Pop-up Shop // NIAD Art Center 2013
Superduperultracool Shoppe // organized by Lisa Solomon NIAD ART Center 2013
The Variety Show // Factory Outlet Gallery Mokulmne Hill 2012
Making Handmade Books Blog: Telling It Slant (2015, July)