The Pastel Journal

The ARTIST as ALCHEMIST

In her large-scale painterly pastels, Brooklyn-based artist Susan Grossman practices the magical art of transforming the appearance of matter. Like a medieval alchemist working to transform base metals into gold, she manipulates dry pastel in many of her cityscapes to replicate rain-soaked pavement that appears so wet it fairly drips off the paper.

Through her work featuring everyday people navigating their way through New York City scenes, Grossman demonstrates a nuanced, clearly observed knowledge of city life.

DOING THE WORK

Born in New Jersey, not far from Asbury Park, the budding artist grew up in the television age and loved the drama she found in the darkened movie theater, being particularly drawn to the stark edginess of film noir. Grossman took drawing lessons early on, leaving little doubt that a career as an artist was in her future.

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