clay model of Stretching the Imagination, bronze commissioned by Buhl Collection, New York

SCULPTURES: Assemblage, Wood

The contemporary artist Susan White produces sculptures in bronze, stone, wood, and mixed media assemblage. Her skills in carving, combined with a profound knowledge of the human figure, give her sculpture a depth of expression.

Susan White's subject matter is drawn from many sources, including human rights, the status of women, literature, music, and natural forms. She transforms idioms into three dimensions. Her mixed media sculptures are assemblages of everyday objects and fabrics centered around hands carved in wood. Humor and imagination make her figurative sculptures distinctive.

"Referring to the balance between gender and races, the bold sculpture It Cuts Both Ways suggests that 'any potential movement of either pair of hands would activate both pairs equally'. To realize the piece, she replaced the handles of garden shears with hands carved from salvaged huon pine (which can take up to 3,000 years to grow!) and modified found clothing for the sleeves..."

Sarah Tanguy, Curator, Hechinger Collection, Washington DC (2002)


Media:Assemblage, Wood 1983–present
Assemblage, Wood
15 Works to view
15 Works to view

  • Lost for Words, 2002-2003
    carved salvaged Huon pine, paint, fabric, The Compact Oxford English Dictionary, A Gumbaynggir Language Dictionary, map of Aboriginal Languages of Australia.
    94 x 85 x 38 cm
  • Measure for Measure, 2001-2003
    carved salvaged Huon pine, vintage calipers, fabric, string, plumb-bob
    180 x 61 x 56 cm
  • Reinventing the Wheel, 2001
    carved salvaged Huon pine, dividers, fabric, vintage car wheel
    76 x 110 x 82 cm
  • Next-Door Neighbours, 2000
    carved salvaged Huon pine, cedar door, hardwood door, sleeves, walking stick, bag, bullet casings
    202 x 103 x 98 cm
  • It Cuts Both Ways, 1998
    carved salvaged Huon pine, fabric, shears, paint
    120 x 46 x 10 cm
    Hechinger Collection - International Arts & Artists, USA
  • Woodworm No. II, 1989
    red sirus
    12 x 33 x 12 cm
  • The Long Arm of the Law, 1987-1988
    carved wood, fabric and mixed media
    250 x 200 x 50 cm
  • Woodworm No. I, 1987
    red sirus
    13 x 26 x 10 cm
  • Companion for Brancusi's 'Young Man', 1986
    Queensland maple
    20 x 45 x 10 cm
  • Man in the Moon: Asleep Side, 1986
    brush-box, conté
    29 x 70 x 10 cm
  • Man in the Moon: Awake Side, 1986
    brush-box, conté
    29 x 70 x 10 cm
  • Eternal Pursuit, 1985
    salvaged Huon pine
    21 x 9 x 8 cm
  • Wall Mask, 1985
    hoop pine
    20 x 10 x 10 cm
  • Blowflies (rose in harpsichord sound-hole), 1983
    10 cm dia.
  • Horse's Head (for Grandpa), 1951
    (childhood work)
    relief carving in maple
    12 x 12 x 2.5 cm

SCULPTURES : Assemblage, Wood 15 Works
SCULPTURES : Assemblage, Wood 15 Works

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