Susan V. Polansky conjures believable atmospheres within the borders of her work. Combining fabric and thread with a collage technique, she creates detailed artworks that resemble both paintings and quilts. Susan’s work has won awards in national shows and has appeared in publications such as Art and Antiques, Quilter’s Newsletter and Quilter’s World. Her pieces, “Exuberance” and “Pastoral Disturbance,” were featured in the book, 500 Art Quilts: An Inspiring Collection of Contemporary Work, co-authored by Ray Hemachandra and Karey Bresenham. One of her larger pieces, “No One but You,” has been on tour with the Quilt National 2013 show.
Susan began her artistic journey in the New Jersey greenhouses of her childhood. Her family’s wholesale flower growing operation surrounded her with a wealth of color and sensory stimuli. She remembers being fascinated with the changing quality of light as the day’s weather passed the whitewashed glass overhead. She credits the hours spent working on row after row of plants as a formative source for her patience and love of handwork. She went on to receive Bachelor’s Degrees in Studio Arts and Biology from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. Career transitions have included graphic artist, package designer, muralist and furniture painter, homemaker and mother. She began her first quilt twenty-five years ago; a hand appliquéd and quilted piece that took seven years to finish. Traditional quilting techniques did not continue to hold her interest after this, but she knew she had found a way to combine her sewing skills, fine art knowledge and eye for detail. Although textiles are her preferred medium, she enjoys exploring other avenues for creative expression.
Family responsibilities necessitated a few years away from her art, but after a recent move, Susan is back to work. Her new studio is equipped with an A-1 long-arm quilting machine. Both she and her husband work from home, so it’s fortunate that they are best friends, happily married for 27 years. They have a college graduate daughter, a son also recently graduated (and married,) and another son at college. Sue enjoys gardening, travel, reading, and best of all, time with her family.