Susan Newmark lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Newmark received her MA from Hunter College and her BA from Hofstra University. Work on paper and unique artists books by Newmark integrate collage, paint, photo imagery, layered fragments from popular culture, and found objects in an exploration of narrative and storytelling, place, memory, nature, and the human body.
In 2014, Newmark began to create mixed media work on paper interpreting selected Mary Oliver poems such as Roses Late Summer Marango, and The Hummingbird Pauses on the Trumpet Vine. Newmark's compositions are dense and complex with a layering process that involves painting, sanding and re-sanding in a planned but improvisational approach that invites discovery as reality is peeled away from surface appearance. The work is an inquiry into her identity as a woman through images of traditional domesticity -- jewelry, mirrors, glass, flowers, wall paper, wrapping paper, lace, collectibles, family portraits -- in contrast with issues of sexuality and gender communicated by society, the media and lived experience.
Newmark has had three solo exhibitions at the Figureworks Gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the Garrison Art Center in Garrison Landing, NY, the Grand Army Plaza Library in Brooklyn, and the galleries of Long Island University, John Jay University and St. John’s University. She was selected for a three person show at the Southampton Cultural Center in Long Island, and a two person show at St. Joseph’s College with artist Miriam Schaer. Her work has been in many group exhibitions including those at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Parrish Museum, the Islip Museum, Brooklyn College, the Center for Book Arts ‚and Gallery North in Setauket, N.Y. Newmark has had residencies at the Lower East Side Printshop‚ the Women’s Studio Workshop and the Byrdcliff Arts Center, and is in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, the Lower East Side Printshop, the Center for Book Arts, and the Bio Medical Library of the University of Southern California. She was the guest curator for Rare Editions: The Book as Art at Lehman College Art Gallery/City College of NY, and was the Deputy Director for the Visual Arts and Arts-in-Education at the Abrons Arts Center Henry Street Settlement. She coordinates Dialogues in the Visual Arts, a series of conversations with artists, at the Brooklyn Public Library previously at Tribeca Performing Arts Center, and teaches collage and mixed media to adults. She is a board member of the Center for Book Arts and Elders Share the Art, and on the advisory committee of the Kentler International Drawing Space.