Philadelphia artist Becky Suss reimagines her relatives’ mid-century homes through meditative paintings and ceramics. Her canvases memorialize their collected art and objects, opening familial narrative to questions of class, politics, and religion in Cold War America.
Becky Suss (born 1980, Philadelphia; lives Philadelphia) presents selections from her most recent body of work in her first solo museum exhibition. Her most recent body of work—meditative, large-scale paintings augmented by smaller studies in oil and ceramic—reimagines the domestic spaces of her relatives with a focus on her late grandparents’ mid-century suburban home. The flattened architecture and exaggerated perspective of Suss’s canvases memorialize their collected art and objects through an intimate, archeological process that opens familial narrative to questions of class, politics, and religion. Echoed in these works are the migratory shifts and political climates of Cold War America, from suburban sprawl to the Red Scare. Psychic and physical space is conflated as Suss works through memories and mythologies embedded within these interiors. For her ICA exhibition, on view in the Second Floor High Space, Suss expands this inquiry with several new canvases and experiments in larger, more labor-intensive ceramic forms.
Organized by ICA Associate Curator Kate Kraczon and accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.