SUSAN CLAUSEN – DIRT PALACE WINDOW ARTIST
AS220’s own Susan Clausen is the January Window Artist at the Dirt Palace! Her animated installation, Mr. Bones at Home is lit up and in motion between the hours of 5 PM and 1 AM at 14 Olneyville Square in Providence.
“I feel best when I am engaged in making.
My artwork has typically involved things that move, works that invite interaction and play. Interactive sculptures, distorted skeleton puppets, trophy like bobble head animals and stop motion animation to name a few.
I always loved making dioramas as a kid. When the opportunity came up to do the Dirt Palace window it seemed a perfect venue for a seven foot skeleton in a rocking chair. I created his environment using bobble heads and other thing I have made to furnish his home. His world comes to life every night from 5 PM to 1 AM.”
I have lived in Providence for 33 years. I received a BFA in light metals from the University of Illinois in 1980. I have continued to make artwork ever since, working in many mediums. I attended Tyler School of Art as a non-degree graduate student and worked as a studio assistant for several glass artists over the years. I also worked as a jewelry model maker for 16 years in the costume jewelry industry, as the teaching assistant in the carpentry shop the Rhode Island juvenile detention facility, and as an artist in residence at Charles Fortes Elementary School. I am one of the original founding members of AS220 in 1985, and am currently employed as one of the Property Managers for AS220.
I don’t have a website but have Mousie videos on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/200488022