Suzy Pal Powell’s Witty Art
By Hall Groat II
Texas-based artist, Suzy Powell strikes the eyes and seduces the minds of viewers through her colorful contemporary pop culture watercolors and mixed-media collages. Her bold, luminous work has a larger than life, iconic quality to it. The geometry in of itself is as interesting as the epic images she depicts. One of my favorite pieces is a 12×9 inch torn paper collage, entitled Patriotic Clown. This highly inventive, satirical piece is quite apropos as we approach the November 2012 election here in the United States. Yes, indeed, politics is certainly like a circus this day and age—what’s the next act?
Ms. Powell’s torn paper collages evoke the sociopolitical wit of Bearden in a huge way. I have always been fan of Romare Bearden’s collages from the early 20th century Harlem Renaissance, which was a cultural movement that took place during the 1920’s and 1930’s in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City.
If you ever travel through Suzy Powell’s neck of the woods in Texas be certain to check out her
Suzy Powell , Patriotic Clown, torn paper collage, 12×9 in
Romare Bearden, collage, 1911-1988, Harlem Renaissance Movement