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Flowers for you

flowers for you (2020), digital painting

The Way Out

screen print, printmaking, canvas, pool
The Way Out (2018), large scale screenprint on hand-dyed canvas

HAIR CLUB at MoMA Salon 33: HAIR (October 2019)

Museum of Modern Art, hair, Hair Club
From the Museum of Modern Art R&D Salon 33 on Hair (October 2019): "Introduction: Paola Antonelli Emma Tarlo Dan Choi Carmelyn P. Malalis Ebonee Davis Lindsey Day Video Contribution: HAIR CLUB Video Contribution: Raffaele Mollica Video Contribution: Studio Swine Video Contribution: Tina Lasisi Video Contribution: Noliwe Rooks Video Contribution: INFRINGE Video Contribution: Simon Skinner The average person loses about fifty to one hundred hairs every day.

ALLTALK cover

ALLTALK, book of poems and illustrations forthcoming from Meekling Press (2022)

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About Suzanne

Baltimore City

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Suzanne Gold is a visual artist, writer and educator living in Baltimore, MD and working internationally. She teaches Art History and Interdisciplinary Collaboration at the Baltimore School for the Arts, and printmaking at Baltimore Print Studios. Her art collective HAIR CLUB, an interdisciplinary, research-based initiative that examines the role of hair in art, culture and across histories, travels internationally to teach their unique curriculum about hair in culture. Suzanne's visual work has found... more

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Suzanne Gold is an interdisciplinary artist and scholar. She received an MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2015, where she developed significant practice in Fiber & Material Studies. Interested in mapping the way we visualize thought process and self reflection through personal imagery, Suzanne generates visual mindscapes that represent a journey inward. During her time at SAIC, she developed a method of creating images using an open-screen printing technique similar to a textile production process. Putting the fabric through several dye baths, painting dye directly onto the fabric, and then printing on top through hand-drawn and cut stencils to achieve images that hover on the edge of abstraction. Her work spans medium and material—always searching for the right form to catch the idea--using different printmaking techniques or digital drawing tools to create images. Her work and research with the international art collective HAIR CLUB has been featured in the MoMA Salon Series, at the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, and the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago. HAIR CLUB’s unique research methodology was featured as a case study in a new volume entitled Socially Engaged Art History and Beyond: Alternative Approaches to the Theory and Practice of Art History (Palgrave MacMillan, 2021).

By imaging the subjective internal spaces of her mind into a physical estate--with a moat, a meadow, high walls, a fortress--the images in Suzanne's work become metaphor: for blocked memories, and dead ends, for feelings of isolation and walled grief.  The journey of self discovery begins in the protoplasm of the swimming pool. The pool is a real place situated in her deepest memory: a space of safety and comfort from the shifts of family tectonics in early life, but also more recently a mind prison, a place she returns to in periods of emotional heaviness. Being underwater, being separated from others, with wavy figures hovering just beyond the surface are unreadable as friend or foe. Bursting out of the surface of the water and up onto a vast meadow, a walled garden is visible in the distance. A lexicon of imagery emerges as new levels of self knowledge and new memories are unlocked. Imagined as a memory palace, doors open on long corridors. Eventually, it becomes easier to map the pathway of a thought as it travels the distance between experience and meaning.

A book of poems and illustrations detailing this journey--ALLTALK--is forthcoming from Meekling Press in 2022.

  • Corner Surfacing

    Corner Surfacing (2018), large scale screenprint on hand-dyed canvas
  • The Way Out

    screen print, printmaking, canvas, pool
    The Way Out (2018), large scale screenprint on hand-dyed canvas
  • Deep Dive

    Deep Dive, sixteen-panel site-specific installation at WAS Gallery in Washington, DC (2018)
  • Friend or Foe

    risograph print, underwater, pool, figure
    Friend or Foe (2018), three-color risograph print, 9in. x 12 in.
  • Green Pool

    screen print, printmaking, canvas, pool
    Green Pool (2015) large scale screenprint on canvas, 36in. x 84in.
  • Green Neon

    Green Neon (2020), part of a series of digital paintings which have been used in contemporary book designs. This digital painting was used as the cover of Kate Wyer's Girl, Cow & Monk (Meekling Press, 2020).
  • Step off the Path (Meadow)

    screen print, printmaking, canvas, meadow, figure, shadow
    Step off the Path (Meadow) (2020), multi-layered dye and mono-screenprint on canvas, 36in. x 24in.
  • Portcullis

    risograph print, portcullis, meadow
    Portcullis (2018), three-color risograph print on paper, 9in. x 12in.
  • Looking In

    alcohol-based marker on paper, part of a series of interiors and liminal spaces of looking in or through transparent surfaces during quarantine in 2020.
  • Bathroom Selfie

    a four-color risograph print of my own reflection in the bathroom tile. a lot of my work with HAIR CLUB has to do with exploring embodied realities of having and maintaining hair. The bathroom is an important space of ritual hair removal and preparation.

HAIR CLUB

HAIR CLUB is an ongoing interdisciplinary, research-based scholarly collaboration between artists Kelly Lloyd, Suzanne Gold, and Michal Lynn Shumate. Over the past seven years, HAIR CLUB has consolidated individual research vectors via collaborative, public-facing events into archives of hair stories, and distilled this research into a teaching curriculum that we have shared internationally. Most recently, HAIR CLUB shared research at the Smart Museum of Art in Chicago, IL (2020) and MoMA's Salon Series on Hair (2019). HAIR CLUB's methodology was also featured in the volume Socially Engaged Art History and Beyond: Alternative Approaches to the Theory and Practice of Art History (Palgrave MacMillan, 2020). Research on hair takes on an expansive, associative methodology, one that is rooted in multi-disciplinarity. A discussion of hair might lead us marching alongside the spiky leg hairs of the second-wave Feminists, or guide us candlelit, along the darkened hallways of mourning jewelry, woven from a dearly departed loved one’s locks in the Victorian era. A discussion of hair might bring us to culturally-determined beauty standards, the global hair market, and the history of shaving and the origins of hairlessness. Hair as a material is implicated in science, genetics, history, art history, material culture, popular culture, newsmedia and advertising. It touches upon expressions of gender, sexuality, identity, religion, fetishism, beauty, and politics. By honoring the mark of the anecdotal, the oral storytelling or social media sharing around hair, we welcome in newly embodied forms of archiving into scholarly discourse. By acknowledging that the personal is political, we advance intersectional feminist and anti-racist platforms. Share your hair story here: https://www.hairhairhair.club/hair-stories.

  • HAIR CLUB logo

    logo for HAIR CLUB, an interdisciplinary, research-based arts initiative co-founded in 2014 by artist-scholars Suzanne Gold, Kelly Lloyd, and Michal Lynn Shumate
  • Museum Panel at the Smart Museum of Art // Material Stories: Hair (May 2020)

    hair, material stories, Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago
    From the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago event page: "Weaving a soft architectural structure with hair sourced from around the world, gu wenda’s united nations: american code is a monument to a utopian ideal of peaceful human coexistence. Join Lori Tharps, author of Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America, and the members of multidisciplinary artist group HAIR CLUB, for a conversation about hair as a material carrier of identity and social meaning.
  • HAIR CLUB at MoMA Salon 33: HAIR (October 2019)

    Museum of Modern Art, hair, Hair Club
    From the Museum of Modern Art (NYC) R&D Salon Series 33 on Hair website: "Introduction: Paola Antonelli Emma Tarlo Dan Choi Carmelyn P. Malalis Ebonee Davis Lindsey Day Video Contribution: HAIR CLUB Video Contribution: Raffaele Mollica Video Contribution: Studio Swine Video Contribution: Tina Lasisi Video Contribution: Noliwe Rooks Video Contribution: INFRINGE Video Contribution: Simon Skinner The average person loses about fifty to one hundred hairs every day.
  • Conversation Map (2017), hair in art

    hair, conversation map, hair in art
    Conversation Map featured in the volume Socially Engaged Art History and Beyond: Alternative Approaches to the Theory and Practice of Art History (Palgrave MacMillan, 2020), documenting a conversation that took place at Ox-bow School of Art and Artist Residency in Saugatuck, MI in the summer of 2017 during the course of a HAIR CLUB event called a Hair Salon. Hair Salons are participant-driven conversation events that swirl around having hair in the world. This particular Hair Salon focused on a HAIR CLUB lecture called "Hair in Art and Culture."
  • HAIR CLUB's Visual CV (excerpt)

    Hair, visual CV, protective hairstyles, woven hair garments, princess leia's iconic hair buns, a shower hair drawing
    Part of HAIR CLUB's ongoing archive which we call a Visual CV--the artifacts, concepts, moments in popular culture and history that we are currently engaging with. HAIR CLUB's methodology is by nature expansive and associative, driven by the embodied experiences of hair that those we are in conversation with bring to the table. It is a conversation that is constantly unspooling across time and culture. We embody an approach we like to call neither "High Brow" nor "Low Brow" but somewhere in the vicinity of "Unibrow."
  • HAIR CLUB's Visual CV (excerpt) - Hair Myth and Cautionary Tale (2015)

    hair, mythology, cautionary tales, mary magdalene, rapunzel, medusa
    HAIR CLUB exists to generate collaborative scholarship as well as public-facing lectures and events. Over the course of the past seven years, we have consolidated our ongoing research into curricula for graduate, undergraduate, and adult learning environments that focus on studio and lecture/seminar formats. "Hair Myths and Cautionary Tales" is one of our first lectures given on the presence of hair as a metaphor and a symbol in literature throughout history. This is an ongoing archive of references to hair that we continually update.
  • Hair Lexicon (ongoing archive)

    an archive of hair-related words
    The Hair Lexicon is an ongoing list of words and phrases related to hair's maintenance, embodiment, visuality and presence in popular culture, global cultural heritage, and across time.

ALLTALK

Using an encounter with a work of art as a catalyst for the creation of meaning, ALLTALK is a magic schoolbus journey through the back roads of the mind, where memory, past experience, values, and other associative offerings lurk to add resonance to the act of interpretation. Forthcoming from Meekling Press in 2022. This will be Suzanne Gold's first book of poetry.

  • ALLTALK cover

    ALLTALK, book of poems and illustrations forthcoming from Meekling Press (2022)
  • ALLTALK excerpt

    ALLTALK excerpt, forthcoming from Meekling Press (2022)
  • ALLTALK excerpt

    ALLTALK excerpt, forthcoming from Meekling Press (2022)
  • ALLTALK excerpt

    ALLTALK excerpt, forthcoming from Meekling Press (2022)

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Suzanne's Curated Collection

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