New to Salem and to Oregon, artist Susan Napack is grateful to the warm welcome she has received from the local art community. Since moving from the New York City suburbs in 2017, her work has been exhibited at High Street Gallery, The Bush Barn Annex and Art Association, and The Willamette Heritage Center. In addition to her home studio, she has a space at Studios at The Mill, where she displays her work at the quarterly Open Studios and works on smaller projects, including unique, hand torched glass jewelry.
In her fine art, she works in a variety of materials and processes, sometimes at the same time with the same content. Her recent work ranges from found object sculpture to manipulated digital image drawings and embroidered collages. Her Cabinet of Curiosity–style installations showcase her obsession with collecting and displaying objects and images, which she deliberately arranges to emphasize visual and conceptual connections.
Currently, she is focused on abstract, mixed media collaged stitch work and related works on paper. Her inspiration for these and much of her work is the order, chaos and infinite mysteries of the natural world.