From her exhibition Femine Abstractions last summer to her installation “Mediterranean Sea Scroll,” there is both an exuberance and a transitory feeling to Ossman’s work – the spirit of the traveler, both the physical and the emotional aspects – infuses it. And, these works are also powerfully enriched through Ossman’s vibrant cultural and societal exploration in anthropology.

Genie Davis, Diversions LA

Overall the palette is warm and consistent throughout, not of goldenrod but of turmeric, that shifts to a spring green and aqua. There are hints at form, their compositional placement a fuzzy impressionist suggestion of fence or open-air landscape. The color moves like plumes. Her painting weaves in and out, subtle hints of depth through contrast of the stroke and blend of paint. The brush work has a linear quality which the artist moves across the picture plane as if waving a wand.

Jacqueline Bell Johnson,  Art and Cake

Ossman is preoccupied with space. Both physical and metaphorical. The work has a strong sense of place, but at the same time, the depictions of fabric produce a feeling of impermanence and shape‑shifting evocative of transient lives where landscape, language and a sense of self are forever being renegotiated...The inclusion of text in several languages leads us to perceive it primarily as a visual and conceptual cipher for language itself with its potential for creating parallel universes and shifts of meaning in translation.

Natalia Zagorska-Thomas

Articles and Interviews

How the World and Time Intersect: Visiting the Studio of Susan Ossman

Susan Ossman: Her Moving Matters Offers Prescient Insight


Ossman’s Moving Matters Traveling Workshop Continues

Unfolding of On the Line Project

Interview with Susan Ossman On the Line a Painting Exhibition by Susan Ossman

Review of Fabric of Fieldwork Exhibition

Moving Matters Clichy

Anthropology as Art, Art as Anthropology

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