Select Works by Suzanne McClelland
Suzanne McClelland (born 1959) is a New York-based artist best known for abstract work based in language, speech, and sound. Her work has been exhibited at The Whitney Museum, both 2014 and 1993 Biennials; The New Museum, The Museum at University at Albany SUNY, The Fralin Museum of Art at University of Virginia, among others. Her work can be found in public and private collections including MOMA, The Walker, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum and Saatchi.
An excerpt from “Co-Conspirators: Artist and Collector”
By Sue Scott
The relationship between collector and artist can be symbiotic give-and-take. Such is the case with Suzanne McClelland, whose scope of work in the Cottrell-Lovett collection spans a decade. McClelland often deals with language in her work, collecting words by listening and translating this sound and speech into visual form. The physicality of speech can be displayed in paint because paint is so flexible and malleable. And because speech comes from the brain faster than written language, abstraction is the perfect vehicle for found speech. Mystery hidden meaning and varied interpretations — all qualities that can be found in much of the work in this collection — are attributes of art that appeal to both Jim and Joe. As McClelland notes, “Collecting spoken words is a subjective process. Collecting art is, too.”
Collecting McClelland’s work is an indication of Jim and Joe’s ongoing curiousity about art and their willingness to buy work that is not transparent. “The personal nature of Suzanne’s work is not clear to me as yet,” Jim wrote recently, “but as I know more of her, I’m sure it will become that way.”
Please visit Suzanne McClelland’s website for more information: suzannemcclelland.net