IN NORTH BATTLEFORD, SASKATCHEWAN, IN GRADE TWO, I COLORED OUTSIDE THE LINES. MY PICTURES WERE NOT HUNG UP ON THE WALL. I CRIED. MUCH LATER WHEN I WAS 33 YEARS OLD WITH 3 UNIVERSITY DEGREES,(NONE IN ART) I BEGAN TO DRAW THE MOONSET ON THE LAKE, THEN TO PAINT THE SETTING SUN. I LOVED NATURE. I COULD HAVE SPENT MY LIFE WORKING IN ONE OR TWO DIMENSIONS DOING THIS BUT I ‘TOOK THE PATH LESS TRAVELLED AND THAT MADE ALL THE DIFFERENCE’ TO QUOTE POET ROBERT FROST. I BEGAN TO EXPLORE THE CONCEPT OF THREE DIMENSIONS ENDING MY‘CREATION FLAT’ PERIOD, SO THAT TO THIS DAY, THOUGH I OFTEN DRAW AND SKETCH AND KEEP A JOURNAL, THE LAST 5 YEARS I HAVE BECOME AWARE I HAVE INCORPORATED EVEN A NEW “FOURTH” DIMENSION INTO MY SCULPTURES: “LIGHT”
FROM CHOOSING NOT TO CONTINUE PAINTING OR PRINTMAKING BUT WORKING IN DIRTY, DUSTY, TOXIC, DANGEROUS MATERIALS, IN SIZES I WOULD NEVER HAVE IMAGINED POSSIBLE, I TOTALLY FOCUSED ON SCULPTURE STEPPING OUTSIDE OF MY EVERYDAY REALITY WHENEVER I ENTERED MY STUDIO, TO THE EXTENT OF LOOSING TOTAL TRACK OF TIME WHEN WORKING. THIS CAN BEST BE EXPLAINED BY SAYING I AM ON ANOTHER LEVEL OF BEING WHEN CREATING.
MY ART INTENTION HAS NEVER CHANGED: IT IS TO BE ORIGINAL, UNIQUE, AND NEVER TO COPY: EVEN MYSELF. I HAVE OVER THE PAST 35 YEARS MADE 500 SCULPTURES NOT TWO IDENTICAL, UNLESS THEY WERE A NUMBERED EDITION OF BRONZES. I HAVE USED EVERY MATERIAL FROM BRONZE, ALUMINUM, WOOD, DRIFTWOOD, CLAY, WAX, PLASTER, STEEL, SHELLS, STONE: MARBLE, ALABASTER,LIMESTONE,PIERRE ST.MARC, PIETRO DEL VESUVIO,GRANITE…INCLUDING VARIOUS FOUND OBJECTS: THE SHAPE INSIDE THE SCULPTURE AND THE SHAPE OUTSIDE THE SCULPTURE ARE EQUALLY IMPORTANT. AS I WORK, I CONSTANTLY CIRCLE THE PIECE: MY VISION OF THE SCULPTURE CREATED BEING EQUALLY AS IMPORTANT AS MY COMPLICATED TOOLS.
by Dr. Phyllis C. Yaffe
Art Consultant ~ Art Historian
Susan Stromberg, an internationally honored sculptor, is widely known and appreciated for her acute perception and sensitivity. Her sculptures, in bronze, limestone, marble, wood and steel, like the artist herself, are introspective, philosophical, and intellectual, with an appreciation of the spirituality found in Nature.
A proud and celebrated Canadian, Stromberg is held in high esteem by the Art Community. Numerous magazine, newspaper, and television interviews have celebrated her accomplishments. Susan Stromberg’s sculptures can be found in Universities, Houses of Worship, Corporate Offices and Federal Buildings. Her art has been purchased by the Government of Canada as official gifts for foreign Heads of State, from the President of the Canadian Senate. During the 'Vancouver Summit', a bronze sculpture “Sax Player” was presented to former U.S. President, Bill Clinton and her bronze “Violinist II”, was given to former Russian President, Boris Yeltsin by the Prime Minister of Canada. The Canadian Government gave a Stromberg work of art as their tribute to Greece in honour of its 2,500th Anniversary. Continuing her proactive role in the art world, in 1999, Stromberg was appointed to the Board of Directors of Mountainlakes PBS – TV, after having been chosen as the " Featured Artist" of the MountainLakes PBS - TV Art Auction
A ten foot brass and steel Stromberg sculpture: “Osmosis”, is installed in the garden of Rideau Hall, the Governor General’s Official Residence in Ottawa, Canada.
In honour of her distinguished talent, Susan Stromberg was awarded the Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation. The Governor General's commendation made to Stromberg said: “In recognition of her multidimensional contribution to the artistic life of this country…”
In 2002, The 'ORCHESTRE METROPOLITAIN du GRAND MONTREAL', commissioned Stromberg to create a special limited edition, in bronze, of their logo. Stromberg had previously completed carving a one ton poplar tree into a bench at an outdoor symposium
in the Port of Montreal, which was purchased by a major corporation. (see website for image of ''LIFE WITHIN A TREE'').
FLORA CANADA, selected Stromberg's marble sculpture: 'HUNGRY/ANGRY HANDS', for the annual ''FETE du CANADA' celebration where it was viewed by approximately 300,000 visitors in four days. The exhibit of Quebec/Canadian artists, owned by the Government of Canada, is to travel throughout Canada and Europe. Stromberg was then selected to be Canada's featured artist at the Montreal 'REEL FILM FESTIVAL'.
The artist is represented by: Galerie D'Art Iris (Baie St.Paul, Quebec, Canada), Dimensions Plus in Montreal, Canada and The Robert Mede Gallery in Toronto, Canada. Stromberg was represented by Canada's premier Art venue: Dominion Gallery, Montreal, Canada for twenty
In 2003, the sculptor was commissioned to create on site in Positano, Italy; two 6'x 2' x 1' sculptures: ''INTRINSICA UNITIE'' 1/1, in Marble selected from the Michelangelo Quarry in Carrara, Italy.
A 6' x 4'x 3' bronze sculpture,''ADIRONDACK FAMILY'' 1/1: was created in 2003, and installed in a private Adirondack 'Great Camp'.
In 2005, Stromberg was commissioned to create a special edition of Bronzes for the Banque Nationale Du Canada.
2007: Stromberg invited to exhibit at the Biennale Internationale Dell'Arte Contemporanea,Florence,Italy.
2008: Appointed by: The Canada Council to: The Peer Assessment Nomination Jury.
2008:Strombergs' largest sculpture: ASPIRE & BECOME,,Galvanized Steel:15ft.x6ft.x4ft.
Created for the Community Anchor Center for Traumatized and Abused Children.
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2009: One of four winners chosen from hundreds, featured in The McGill University News Magazine.Summer.2009.p.34. for writing a 6 word Haiku poem describing their life.
2015: ADIRONDACK NATURE, Greek Marble, 36 x 10 x 12. Currently on exhibit. Unanimous perminent aquisition by the Hyde Collection Board of Directors and museum director Erin Coe
2016: Kingsbrae, finalist in Canadian Sculpture Competition. On exhibit for 2 years.
"REACH FOR THE SKY", Granite, 60" x 20 x2 5". FOGO ISLAND INN, Newfoundland.
'' I CREATE SCULPTURES
TO OUTLIVE ME''
Stromberg Winner of McGill University Competition to describe herself in six words.
2009: Biography of an Artist: by Jeanette Nadeau: featuring the life and work of
Susan Stromberg.The Pilotlight,Lake George Community Newsletter.
Presently working on private commission, 2016.
For additional images, and information, or to contact the artist see: www.susanstromberg.com
Read more about Susan Stromberg on the ElanArts Blog.