Susan Volk is a Chicago-based artist who works in oil paint, ceramic sculpture, and mixed media. Beginning her academic career at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and later attending the Art Institute of Chicago she received a bachelor of fine art in painting and sculpture. Her current work explores the themes of human nature, archetypes, and the sacred feminine. She has taught %gure sculpture at the Hyde Park Art Center and works on both private and public commissions including murals for Chicago’s Italian Village Restaurant and sculptural work for the corporate headquarters of Turtle Wax Company. Her work has been featured in the 35th Annual Oak Park River Forest Infant Welfare Society Designer Showcase House, the celebration of Women’s History Month in the Chicago Public Library System, displayed on a billboard for Expose NOLA French Quarter/Jazz Festival in New Orleans, and at the 6th Annual Central Time Juried Ceramics Exhibition. She is currently represented by Edward Montgomery Fine Art Gallery in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, and Blue Sky Art Gallery in Santa Fe, NM
For me, art is about honoring spirit- creating a touchstone that opens the gateway to the divine. Art lifts the veil between the inner and outer world, connecting us through feeling. Whether it be a simple cup held in the hands that evokes a tender memory of a place or a large painting or sculpture we hold in our sights that evokes the memory of our own empowerment, art connects us to the essence of being. It is my intention in creating to inspire and rouse the human spirit through elements of nature, archetypes, and folklore; to remember the simple magic that is within us and all around us.