We had the good fortune of connecting with Susan Feldman and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Susan, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
It’s hard for me to find the right balance sometimes because when I’m in it, I’m ALL IN. It’s a thing I’m continuously working with. I’ve gone from shooting straight up to the sky (with my LADDERS project), hung out up there for awhile; then practiced being in both spaces (here and up there) thru my BRIDGING Project; and now my most recent work is about playing with the idea of staying GROUNDED.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
What I’m most excited about for this new year is the opportunity to exhibit my latest project called “MOC”, (My Own City). MOC is an installation of 50 Buildings that represent a neighborhood in a utopian-like city for all to inhabit. Created as a site-specific installation, these miniature structures (houses and various community buildings) are created mostly out of found wood with added embellishments to further define what they represent. The buildings are set on ramps and wooden beams on various levels, allowing for the viewer to wander thru the neighborhood as one does. The installation comes complete with a soundtrack, postcards, t-shirts, and a catalog. For many years, my art practice has involved building structural pieces, working within the subject matter of architecture, house, and home. In early 2019, I began to address what I felt was a growing need for a “sense of place”. Naturally, MOC felt like the next project for me to create. Now in my early 60’s, I finally felt that I had the RIGHT and ABILITY to do such a thing: to create an entire city that I, and others, could identify with. Show dates and venue to be announced.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Coffee at King’s Road on 3rd St. is the first stop on our tour. Just one cup and you’re good to go for the whole day. Then it’s off to one of my favorite places to visit in LA: The Watts Towers. Ever since I was a kid I have been enthralled with the whole concept and physicality of them. A MUST SEE for anyone visiting here. On another day, we would take a drive up to Joshua Tree to have a sound bath at the Integratron, and then go prowl around Noah Purifoy’s creation of wonderful installations at his former home. Let’s not forget a whole day or two of browsing thru bookstores, beginning with The Last Book Store (DTLA). A day shopping at Amoeba Records in Hollywood is next on our tour, then going to the Hollywood Bowl for a picnic and fun concert. A day at the beach for chill time is always a good idea, and staying to watch the sunset is a must. A day of gallery hopping is perfect for any weekday, as well as checking out the museums. And of course, visiting me at my studio is guaranteed to be a good time. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Of course extreme love and support from my family: Bob Tucker, Ruby and Avery. I’m so fortunate to be a part of LA’s vibrant art community, especially during this pivotal time when we are all trying to hold ourselves together. I give thanks and gratitude to all the wonderful curators, gallerists, and artists that I’ve had the honor and pleasure of working with. I also want to give special thanks to the Byrdcliffe Artist Residency in Woodstock, NY for the absolutely amazing month I spent there, along with the extraordinary people who shared the experience with me. Huge appreciation, love and blessings to my spiritual gurus Baba Muktananda and Gurumayi for the SHAKTI. Peace.

Website: www.susanfeldmanart.com

Instagram: susanfeldmanart

Facebook: Susan Feldman Tucker

Other: email: sfeldmanart@gmail.com

Image Credits
Pic of artist , & MOC Cover”” photos by Tony Pinto “Virginia’s House” photo by Eric Minh Swensen All others by me (Susan Feldman)

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