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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

'A documentary about Sue Kreitzman by Meihui Liu and Patricia Grimm.'

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.

      But the term has now expanded to include other artists as well, individuals who may be connected to, and function in society, but really have no interest in the established art world, little or no formal training, yet are driven to make art. This art is a compulsion, a reaction, a statement, and as necessary to existence as breathing or eating. This type of artist often experiments wildly with unexpected media, and makes up technique as he or she goes along. There are many of these odd creatures, each unique in the way their artistic urges burst out, but united in the need to express angst, beliefs, and political and spiritual views through art. Many are true visionaries with weird and wonderful private mythologies. All of that vision and mythos spills out flamboyantly onto canvas, wood, scrap metal, whatever is available. Raw artists tend to be scavengers, therefore many build exhilarating and strange constructs out of detritus and junk; all the gorgeous rubbish that less visionary folks throw away.

How it began " A strange occurrence"  and memory jugs

Sue Kreitzman 's Public Gallery         

Read about me in the American Folk Art Messenger

The Wonderful World of Blogs

Welcome to Sue Kreitzman's Wild and Wonderfully Colorful World(VIDEO)



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.



Sue Kreitzman: Portrait of a Lifecrafter 

voodoonotes blogspot






Watch a film about the Dare To Wear Exhibition         Dare to Wear Film

and listen to a BBC London radio broadcast          Dare to Wear Radio Broadcast


Art from the Margins - Blog about our Epiphanies Exhibition






Visit My Art Galleries


Gallery: A 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