susan c. dessel

UPDATE: U.S. PUBLICATION DATE NOW 15 MAY 2021. Published in Europe & Great Britain 3 MAY 2021.

UPDATE: U.S. PUBLICATION DATE NOW 15 MAY 2021. Published in Europe & Great Britain 3 MAY 2021.

susan c dessel is thrilled to have her work among the fifty artists and writers in the anthology “THE ART OF BEING DANGEROUS: Exploring Women and Danger through Creative Expression (Leuven University Press, 2021) edited by Jo Shaw and Ben Fletcher-Watson. The idea that women are dangerous – individually or collectively – runs throughout history and across cultures. Behind this label lies a significant set of questions about the dynamics, conflicts, identities and power relations with which women live today. * THE ART OF BEING DANGEROUS offers many different images of women, some humorous, some challenging, some well-known, some forgotten, but all unique. In a dazzling variety of creative forms, artists and writers of diverse identities explore what it means to be a dangerous woman. * With almost 100 evocative images, this collection showcases an array of contemporary art that highlights the staggering breadth of talent among today’s female artists. It offers an unparalleled gallery of feminist creativity, ranging from emerging visual artists from the UK to multi-award-winning writers and translators from the Global South.” (See LINKS page above) * US readers can pre-order direct from Cornell University Press: or from Amazon:
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"WHEN ..."

2019 2020 Yiddish New York. Utopia: Visions and Tradition
“Visual artists grapple with questions of what would constitute
and/or create a ‘Heaven on Earth’, the longing for an ideal society, where all people are treated with respect, all of their needs
are met and we see an end to war and fear – a Utopia”

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November 2018 - January 2019

The Time for Home Exhibit

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"Simple Math"

“Simple Math” was exhibited in the 2017 2018 Yiddish New York RESISTANCE Exhibit at CITY LORE Gallery. Resistance… a word with urgent relevance to events past and present. What defines resistance? As the dictionary defines it:

1) the refusal to accept or comply with something; the attempt to prevent something by action or argument.
2) the ability not to be affected by something, especially adversely.
The curators asked: Is resistance always in reaction to events or ideas? Is it always in opposition? What are expressions of resistance in daily life or under extreme circumstances? How do artists transform this concept into concrete form?
The curators of RESISTANCE ! hoped that the work in the exhibition inspired viewers to think about what they might do to motivate themselves to RESIST something negative that has worked its way into their hearts and minds.

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Leave Your Swords at the Door


Curated by Haifa Bint-Kadi and sponsored by the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, the work in this group exhibit presented the artists’ perspectives on building bridges and fighting hate, negative stereotyping and prejudice.

Among the work exhibited was Artist susan c. dessel’s Installation PIECES OF PEACE: thirty-six hand carved Olivewood pieces with handwritten excerpts from the Oslo Peace Accords.

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