The palette in this work was inspired after a trip to the beach during the winter and has a modernist feel. The work is created first by drawing my basic composition onto the canvas after many sketches. I then cut and rip painted textile and secure it onto the canvas (using medium and varnish).  When the pieces of textile are laid next to each other they create interesting line and depth within the piece. The work is created on gallery wrapped canvas using acrylic paint, painted textiles, and vintage French dress patterns. The edges are gray. It comes varnished to a matte finish and ready to hang.

- Susan Washington

Ghetto Matrix No. 2

Acrylic paint, textile, vintage dress patterns on stretched canvas

Signed on front

48" h x 36" w x 1.5" d
5 lbs. 0 oz.



Susan Washington
East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

Getting to Know Susan

Susan is a full-time artist with a professional background in fashion, which she expresses in her mixed media abstract paintings through the inclusion of textiles and vintage dressmaking patterns. The artworks have the appearance of flat paintings from a distance, but up close, the various layers and textures reveal themselves. Susan often becomes inspired by older examples of her own work, and aims to deconstruct them into new compositions, which generally show influences of Modernism and Cubism in muted yet thoughtful color palettes. She believes that determination and hard work are the keys to making great art–something she learned from her husband, who is also an artist and her greatest mentor.