These paintings are about the experience of balance, freedom, and contrast, and reflect my fascination with elements of pattern and design. With broad stretches of color setting the mood, layered imagery inspired by lacework, Celtic knots, mandalas, and a recent trip to Alhambra create texture and unity across the work.
Each composition is a collage of sorts, with images overlaid on the canvas and gradually transformed with each layer. Through this process, forms take their places organically and on an emotional level -- some become obscured, some remain present, while others are more ethereal.
About the Artist
Isusi holds a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Painting and a Master’s of Art in Teaching from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a Master’s of Fine Art in Painting from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She is the Dean of the Fine Arts Department at Gill St. Bernard’s School, a private, independent day school located in Gladstone, NJ. Prior to her role at Gill, she taught International Baccalaureate Art and Design to Upper School students in Baltimore and later developed the Fine Arts program for a Charter School for Performing and Fine Arts in Philadelphia. She is an active member of the N.J. Art Education Association, as well as the Print Center of NJ, and the Center for Contemporary Art in Bernardsville., where she shows her work annually.