Published by Skira/Jack Shainman Gallery. Text by Michelle Fischer, Pete L’Official. Interview by Helen Molesworth.
Philadelphia-based artist Becky Suss (born 1980) explores ideas of intimacy, domesticity and memory. Her large-scale paintings of interiors are holistic representations of the sensory and remembered qualities of space, while her small paintings of objects and books offer a library of charged personal items. Devoid of figures, Suss’ style uses flattened architecture, exaggerated proportions and distorted perspective to amplify the tension between the factual and the fictitious, mirroring the plasticity of memory, continually reformed and revised. Suss often questions the stereotypes of domesticity as they relate to the lives of women in America; she is fascinated by American culture’s simultaneous dismissal of and dependence on homemaking and homemakers, and is inspired by her own personal heritage—the generations of women in her family who managed the domestic sphere without recognition. This hardcover volume surveys her work.
Published by Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania. Text by Kate Kraczon.
Becky Suss (born 1980) presents selections from her most recent body of work in her first solo museum exhibition. Meditative, large-scale paintings and smaller studies in oil and ceramic reimagine the domestic spaces of her relatives with a focus on her late grandparents’ mid-century suburban home. Echoed in these works is the political climate of Cold-War America.