Fiber artist, poet, improviser and producer of live performances around the country, Danielle Susi also teaches and performs weekly at The Comedy Loft in Ogden while working as Art Gallery and Event Specialist at Salt Lake Community College. Author of the chapbook The Month in Which We Are Born (Dancing Girl Press, 2015), Susi holds a BA in political science and creative writing from Quinnipiac University and received her MFA in writing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she was awarded the New Artists Society Fellowship. She formerly studied and performed improv comedy at iO Chicago.
Her focus as a fiber artist is primarily on embroidery, weaving and improvisational quilting. “I am obsessed with detail, time-intensive repetition, and texture-building,” Susi tells us. “In my home and day-to-day life I like things to be quite muted in color, but embroidery is my place to explore brilliance. As a writer, I’m increasingly interested in how fiber art and text overlap and intermingle. I’m constantly seeking to marry method and technique with meditative practice,” she says.
In 2018, this all-around artist will be teaching more fiber and writing workshops,”most notably at Fellow Shop in Salt Lake City and through Weber State University’s Community Education program,” says Susi. “I’m looking forward to 2018 as a year to learn and share more skills. I see my work departing from the concrete and moving more toward the abstract and conceptual. I aim to research noise patterns, specifically the graphic manifestations of Perlin and fractal noise and am considering how to translate these gradients into embroidery.”
Every January we check in with Utah artists to see what the new year holds in store for them.