welcome to venable studio

welcome to venable studio

welcome to venable studiowelcome to venable studiowelcome to venable studio


For forty years I have manipulated texture, shadows, color,
and luminosity in the studio. My work is non-objective in
approach – an exploration of structure, surface, technique and
materials. The stacked steel grids are “woven” with thousands
of luminous copper wires, and often juxtaposed with encaustic

These unique, multi-dimensional works are poised
somewhere between painting and sculpture, incorporating the
core of both disciplines, yet eluding a definitive label.

My exploration is on a perceptual level….to elicit an abstract
response from the viewer. Not to recall a specific place or
object, but to allow the viewer to be open in their personal
interpretation and reveal their imagination.

Archaeology, rituals, repetition, ruins, magic, and the art of
indigenous societies, all inform my creative process. A strong
link to ancient cultures is my use of copper, one of the earliest
known substances used in art. Both the steel and the copper
have been chosen for their properties, both real and symbolic,
of strength, fire, and permanence. In keeping with my
environmental concerns, my metals are all fabricated of
recycled material.

The craftsmanship, or evidence of the hand, is a critical element
of my work. Used with an authentic and honest approach, and
moving each piece toward poetically articulating the structural
skeleton and the surface.
Working with rigid steel , thousands of prickly copper wires,
and molten wax, the ideas transform the materials into
emotional and serene works, skirting the edge of minimalism
and textural complexity….a paradox in itself…..and a major
theme in my work.

inventing shadows

Director Ali Lassoued

23 strong documentary

Director Cameron McIntyre

Bio/film credits / exhibitions / collections

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venable studio

Santa Barbara . California . United States

(805) 403-6663 susan@venablestudio.com