I am Susann Allgaier, a visual artist living in Florence, Italy.
I create paintings, drawings and sculptures using traditional techniques.
CONNECTING IN SPITE OF COVID 19
A series of 40 portrait drawings in the makings of people currently in quarantine during this pandemic crisis. The project was conceived as a way of staying connected while stuck alone or with their families in different places, apart and yet strangely together. All subjects come from myriad walks of life and are in different ways affected by the isolation that the virus has imposed upon them.
The sitters model over Zoom where I include their heads and torso together with their hands. They might be reading a book, listening to music, talking, or writing. It is important to me that my models feel comfortable. In exchange for their work, I mail them each two masks, handsewn with colorful fabrics, created by me especially for this project.
The masks are multi-use face masks made out of cotton, flannel and silk including a filter pocket. They are environment-friendly and washable and can be ironed for sterilization purposes. The masks do not serve for self-protection, they are meant for the protection of others, thus allowing all of us to stay safe together at a distance.
At the end of this project, there will be an exhibition and on-line auction where the drawings can be acquired through donations.
Drawing materials: pencil on colored paper, the paper is hand colored with gouache.
Sewing materials: cotton, flannel, silk, thread, elastic.
Studied at the Art Schools of Bern and Zürich; earned M.F.A. at the Graduate School of Figurative Art of the New York Academy of Art in New York City. Has worked as a gilder, art restorer and conservator in Zürich, London, Florence, and New York City and as an instructor at ACCENT and SACI in Florence, Italy; Parsons School of Design, the New York Academy of Art, and The New School University, in New York City. A recipient of grants from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation and the E.D. Foundation, her paintings, drawings and sculptures have been featured in solo exhibitions in New York City and Switzerland, as well as in group shows throughout the U.S. and Europe.
BEHIND THE SCENES:
September 26, 2020 8pm CEST
Join me in my studio for demonstrations on traditional water and oil gilding techniques and how they can be combined with egg tempera painting.
Virtual wine and snacks will be provided.