Susanna Itty Neuhaus
Itty Neuhaus is a sculptor who combines the aesthetics of drawing, photography, video and installation to refer to changing states of matter, bringing together global and personal forms of change. Her recent work addresses an interest in geology and environmental concerns as seen in the landscapes of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. The artist continues to build two and three-dimensional representations of frozen landscapes with fragile-appearing materials, such as paper and photographs, altered by cutting and drawing.
Viewing Device for Big Lump was exhibited at the Dorsky Museum in 2009 and combines video documentation behind a 90-foot filter of dyed rice paper that hangs toward the floor in the shape of hand-rolled waves. Neuhaus captures different angles beyond the iceberg itself, showing the artist drawing the iceberg that floats in the water in the distance. She also adds a time-lapse recording that shows a piece of ice melt into the sea. In 2009 The Dance of the Three Pronged Wonder was on view at the Islip Museum and featured two icebergs twisting back and forth to waltz music composed by Tchaikovsky.
In January 2011 Neuhaus received a Fulbright Fellowship to Newfoundland where she was artist-in-residence at Gros Morne National Park. Over two consecutive winters at the MacDowell Colony she made a series of snow drawings on a hill the size of a football field, resulting in an aerial-view video and has completed new works on paper that imagine the unpredictable underside of icebergs.
Contact Neuhaus at her neuhausi [at] newpaltz [dot] edu.
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