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I am an expatriate New Yorker, living in London for many years. I've had a long and successful career as a food writer, but something happened in 1998 (I'm still not sure what) and I stopped writing and cooking, and began drawing, painting, and building assemblages instead. It was as if a violent fever had overtaken me (a fever which still rages), made all the more mysterious by the fact that I had never done such a thing before.
My work is completely untutored (as far as technique and materials are concerned, I make it up as I go along), intensely personal and involves colour, food, freedom and the female landscape. I fashion imagined Goddesses, glimpsed strangers, close friends, my personal female heroines, real and mythological - Josephine Baker, Frida Kahlo, Eve, Medusa - and self-portraits, and I adorn these powerful female images with profound symbols crafted from junk.
I am deeply moved by primitive religious and tribal art of all kinds. Images and objects that have been created with passion take on immense power.
I paint on paper or on found wood, with acrylics and nail varnish. Many of the works on wood are embellished with buttons, broken jewelry, toys, and other bits of profound junk (I have a deep and abiding passion for profound junk).
I also build assemblages and memory jugs out of my vast hoards of detritus. Half my time is spent obsessively trawling for junk, and the other half, obsessively putting it all together. At this time I'm creating for the sheer visceral joy of it. The enormous impact it has had on my life has turned me into another person entirely.
Read the profile of Sue "Sue's World" In Pigeons and Peacocks
Read the profile of Sue "Sue Kreitzman - WOW" in Raw Vision
My Life as a Curator:
In 2005 I was a closeted, obsessive, untutored artist. Six years earlier, I had mysteriously begun painting and drawing to the utter surprise of my family, and the bewildered consternation of some of my friends and colleagues (I kept it a secret from most people). When I spotted a call for artists for the 2005 Raw Arts Festival, to be held in Islington, I geared up all of my courage and applied, completely sure that I would be rejected, reviled, and laughed out of London.
I was accepted! I was on my way to Glory! Surely I was going to be acknowledged as a real, honest-to-goodness Outsider Artist! But I quaked in my boots. Would there be many women in the show? More to the point, would there be any older women in the show? (I was 65 at the time.)
To my joy there were other women in the show, from middle aged to (almost) my age. The talent! The warm appreciation and support! The openhearted enjoyment of each other's work! How we bonded, how we talked into the night. One evening, over a particularly memorable dinner in Chinatown, I idly commented: "We should have a show of our own, called 'WOW!!' for Wild Old Women. What a dramatic and exciting exhibition it would be." Four years later, there we were: the original gang from 2005 along with other Wild Women gathered along the way. Wild, most certainly; middle aged to elderly... hell yes! - and undoubtedly women. How sweet life can be. Since then, I have curated 'Flashier and Trashier' in the crypt of St Pancras Church, and 'Dare to Wear' is planned for 2012. I have added Wild Old Men to our original gang of Wild Old Women: we set the city ablaze with colour, texture, and sublime detritus!
Read the Review of WOW From Raw Vision Magazine
Read the Raw Vision Review of The Flashier and Trashier Show
Raw Vision Review
Short documentary film about Flashier and Trashier Show
Read the Raw Vision Review of the Dare To Wear Show
Raw Vision Review
Read about Me in the Independent on Saturday Magazine of 28 July 2007
View the Advanced Style Blog
Some thoughts about Raw (Outsider) Art
Once the term Raw Art (and the the term 'Outsider Art') was used to describe work produced by artists working in cultural isolation, following their own vision. Their isolation might be physical, emotional , or a result of mental illness (or a combination of these). Their work is idiosyncratic, bold and arresting, rarely pretty or twee. These isolates, working outside the cultural mainstream, following their personal and passionate visions, produce compelling, exciting and often disturbing work.
How it began " A strange occurrence" and memory jugsSue Kreitzman 's Public Gallery
Read about me in the American Folk Art Messenger
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My name is Ari Seth Cohen. I roam the streets of New York looking for the most stylish and creative older folks. Respect your elders and let these ladies and gents teach you a thing or two about living life to the fullest. Advanced Style offers proof from the wise and silver-haired set that personal style advances with age.
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Sampling of Embellished Paintings
Gallery: A Sampling of Drawings and Nail Varnish Paintings
Gallery: A Selection of Memory Jugs
Gallery: A Selection of Assemblages
Gallery: A Selection of JEWELRY