Large Stained Glass LXXIV (Susan Lenz)

Susan Lenz (born 1959)

Large Stained Glass LXXIV, 2022


64 × 24 in. (162,6 × 61 cm)
Courtesy of the artist, Columbia, South Carolina.

Susan Lenz uses vintage and reclaimed materials to create complex and unique fiber art. “Generally using needle and thread for self-expression, I work to articulate the accumulated memory inherent in discarded things. I seek a partnership with my materials, their purposes, values, and familiar associations. Memory, universal mortality, and personal legacy are central themes. Vintage and recycled materials are combined with meticulous handwork and self-guided, free-motion machine embroidery. I am drawn to textiles for their tactile qualities and often make work that is meant to touch and be touched,” she says.

Lenz stitches by hand and machine and is passionate about altering found photos. Her work has been featured in national publications, numerous juried exhibitions, and at fine craft shows, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show and the Smithsonian Craft Show, Washington, D.C.  Her work is part of the permanent collections of the Textile Museum, Washington, D.C., and the McKissick Museum at the University of South Carolina, Columbia.