Both current series, Out of the Box and Follies, mix visual languages to create dissonance and ambiguity, to surprise the viewer with the unexpected. My interest in subtle changes in perception motivates this work: for me, this is akin to stepping out of the proverbial box.
I create irrational landscapes, which initially appear as landscape based but suddenly shift to reveal multiple interpretations that do not quite add up to the first impression. I want to make the viewer’s experience an active one, to grab their gaze and subsequently take it apart. I consider my work as an act of resistance against the tendency to rationalize and categorize both what we see and experience.
As a child, I loved to whirl around in one direction and then abruptly change directions, to experience, albeit briefly, the sensory disorientation that ensued. As an artist, I am interested in exploring how our perception can deceive us.
Artist Bio / CV
2008 Out of the Box, Lasker Gallery Space, Columbia University (New York, NY) (upcoming)
2005 Mixed-up States, Hunter College Times Square Gallery (New York, NY)
2001 Patterns and Places, Rock Creek Gallery, Portland Community College (Portland, OR)
1999 New Paintings, Gallery 114 (Portland, OR)
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2007 Inside Out Six: Selections from the Flat Files, Digging Pitt
Gallery (Pittsburgh, PA)
2007 Momenta Art Benefit 2007, Momenta Art and White Columns (New York, NY)
2007 Do No Harm vs. Step Up, New American Art Union
2006 About Glamour Gallery (Portland, OR) (Brooklyn, NY)
2006 Nurturing the Edge, Nurture Art with Cue Art Foundation (New York, NY)
2006 tART Spring Salon, hosted by Yael Reinharz of Creative Time (New York, NY)
2004 Payback for Remington, Metro Color Collision (Long Island City, NY)
2001 Pigments, Groundswell Gallery (Portland, OR)
2000 Ten Year Anniversary Show, Gallery 114 (Portland, OR)
1998 Order/ Disorder, Gallery 114 (Portland, OR)
Bromer, Jessica, Groundhog Day Picks February First Friday, PORT (portlandart.net) (Portland, OR)
February 2, 2007
Guide the Arts 2006, The Manhattan Times (New York, NY) June 2006, p. 25
Row, D.K., A 10th Anniversary, The Oregonian (Portland, OR) February 11, 2000, A & E p. 65
Taylor, Sarah, Refine: Deck Four: Painters, Artists’ Trading Cards Project, RACC (Portland, OR) 1999
Bonansinga, Kate, “Order/ Disorder” at Gallery 114, Artweek (San Francisco, CA) February 1999,
pp. 1, 25-26
Row, D.K., Suzanne Malitz: Musical Rhythms, The Oregonian (Portland, OR) December 25, 1998,
A & E p. 58
Art Department, CUNY Hunter College (New York, NY) MFA (Painting)
Architecture Dept. University of Oregon at Eugene (Eugene, OR) M. Arch.
Physics Dept., University of California at Berkeley (Berkeley, CA) B.A.