Susan Freda is a sculptor and jeweler known for her organic, ephemeral, and intricate style. She received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2009. She has been the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award, a Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Public Art Grant, a Pilchuck Glass School Scholarship, and a de Young Museum Artist-in-Residence Award in 2009. Susan has exhibited in the U.S., Canada, England and Italy. Her shoe and dress forms have been collected and presented at NY Fashion Week, Stuart Weitzman, Neiman Marcus, Fidelity Investments, Meditech, Ferragamo, Cirque du Soleil, and by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artists Gallery. Her work is included in the collection of the Museo Italo Americano of San Francisco, and in numerous private as well as corporate collections.
Transparency, form, and flowing line, the play of cast shadows and light on a wall, sparkling, subtle states of being that evoke intimate, emotive responses. I imbue my pieces with an ephemeral presence and ability to catch and hold light and form. Created from handwoven wire and glass, these pieces envelope viewers in a seductive, entranced space. Their transparent and interconnected forms and jewel-like nature reference nature, fashion, and otherworldly phenomena.
I am inspired by numerous varied sources, some of which include: Giacometti’s stretched and elongated figures, Judi Pfaff’s installations and deft use of material, and the sculptures of Anish Kapoor. My work explores the transient, poetic, and ephemeral experiences of our world – intimacy, emotion, and reflection – and offers a space for their consideration.
Here are a few examples of her work.