Artist Portfolio Magazine – 2017 Q4 Art Competition
Susanne Weber is a Viennese mixed media artist specialising in wet and needle felted wool paintings. From the first time her fingers touched a sheep fleece she has been committed to this technique. As a studied biologist she takes her inspiration from the natural world and tries to transfer the not always kind powers of nature into images positioned between the poles of intuition and realism.
Susanne’s approach is the fusion of Crafts (felting is an ancient textile process, believed to be the oldest form in existence) and Arts – wool and other fibers used in this context can be defined as a painting medium, complying with many of the rules relating to visual arts. The resulting paintings are charming, detailed and powerful.
Her ongoing artistic training comprises classes with world famous felt artists in Germany, Austria, and the United Kingdom.
Susanne is always experimenting with unusual fibers and materials like stainless steel and Kozo bark. The utilization of cruelty-free materials like mulesing-free wool and peace silk is a vital issue, and processing wool from raw fleece to self-dyed painting material has become increasingly important to her. She loves to work with unprocessed fleeces and tries to let them tell their own story – for this reason any visible bits of vegetable matter are not unwanted, but highly desirable and part of the painting.
Susanne has been nominated for the Arts & Crafts Design Award 2016 and 2017, was finalist in various online exhibitions and had a much acclaimed exhibition during the 1st and 2nd Vienna Felting Festival. Articles about her work can be found in FUN, Issue 53 (Winter 2016/2017) and Felt Matters, Issue 126 (March 2017).