Susan Rowland at home with Carla, her muse. Her clay Carlas are featured at townhouse.bz Art.
About the Carlas from Susan
A woman, after hearing Bertrand Russell describe the structure of the universe said, “Very clever young man, but the world is a flat plate supported on the back of a giant tortoise, and it’s turtles all the way down.”
She was wrong. Actually, it’s dogs all the way down. North of Barcelona, in a medieval church I saw two small lions holding up a sarcophagus, but the itinerant sculptors who worked on the churches hadn’t seen any real lions and those lions are dogs with manes. I have seen working dogs everywhere, supporting Chinese temples and French drainpipes, hunting Italian dragons and guarding the dead in Mexican, Etruscan and Egyptian tombs.
These clay dogs, the Carlas, are not monumental, but they are from a pack of important little dogs, made to hold up New York.
Born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1940, Susan Scott Rowland graduated from Vassar in 1962, where she had studied painting with Alton Pickens. Married and with two children she lived in New Haven, Kentucky and in Chinle, Arizona on the Navajo reservation before divorcing and moving to New York City in 1968. In 1972 she began studying painting with Bruce Dorfman at the Art Students’ League until moving to New Mexico, north of Santa Fe. She painted and showed there for 5 years, at the Elaine Horwitch and Linda Durham Galleries. In 1976 she received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Returning to New York City, she worked in a studio on the corner of Broadway and 79th street until moving to a loft in downtown Brooklyn where she started to work in clay after studying at Long Island University. During that time she worked with Richard Diebenkorn in a master class at the Santa Fe Institute. Recently she has had shows in Manhattan at the Kate Ganz, Marlborough and Spike Galleries, and at Susan Youngblood in Sag Harbor.
Susan is a trustee of the Brooklyn Arts Council and sits on New York State Council of the Arts and NYCDCA panels.