Susan Cottle-Alberto '92: Essence of Place
September 24 – October 18, 2014
Reception: Wednesday, September 24, 5pm – 7pm
Artist Talk: Wednesday, September 24, 11:30am – 12:30pm
Susan Cottle, Desert Chapel, 2012, Gouache on aquaboard
Susan Cottle, Sacred Ground, 2012, Gouache on aquaboard
Susan Cottle, Crystal Forest, 2014, Gouache on aquaboard
Susan Cottle, Painted Desert, 2014, Gouache on aquaboard
Susan Cottle, Badlands, 2013, Gouache on aquaboard
Susan Cottle, Study for Crystal Forest, 2014, Watercolor on paper
Susan Cottle, Approaching Storm, Buon Convento, 2005, Oil on paper
Essence of Place Reunites ‘92 Alumna with her Hometown of Beverly
Montserrat College of Art is proud to present Essence of Place, an exhibition featuring Susan Cottle-Alberto ‘92 in the Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery. Cottle-Alberto paints her experience of place ranging from the remote desert landscape to the cobblestone streets of historic Florence, Italy. This exhibition highlights work from both these locations through the scope of Cottle-Alberto’s sketchbook.
Curator and Director, Leonie Bradbury found intrigue in the artist’s sketchbooks when visiting her New York studio. These fragments of cityscapes, small mixed media collages and notes revealed a charming means to preserve her sense of place. Several of the work featured in Essence of Place reveal these connections between studies and the “final” pieces that result from the process. Paintings such as “Piazza del Duomo” and “Crystal Forest” grew out of the sketchbook into watercolor and gouache studies, and finally into larger oil on linen/mounted board.
A sketchbook of the artist accompanies the exhibition along with a small digital sideshow of sketches from the last several years. Hung alongside her oil and watercolor paintings, the scanned sketches are in direct conversation with their later forms. As a former Montserrat student, this component of the exhibition speaks directly to those currently developing their practices. Cottle-Alberto helps illustrate how observation of subject matter progressed from sketches into smaller studies in mixed media, eventually resulting in a “final” product. Although this is not how all artists create, it is a glimpse into Cottle-Alberto’s process specifically, exposing this valuable tool for all students.
Susan Cottle-Alberto lives and works in New York City. She received her MFA cum laude from the New York Academy of Art and her BFA from Montserrat College of Art in her hometown, Beverly, Massachusetts.
In 2010, Susan was a Resident Artist in The Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona. Her interest in Italy was piqued as a study abroad student in the Montserrat/ Boston Visual School, Summer Abroad Program. She has exhibited in New York, New England and abroad, including The Painting Center, Synagogue for the Arts, Wyndham Fine Arts, Dacia Gallery and Alpers Fine Art. In New York Susan has taught at St. John's University and the The New York Academy of Art, and is currently Part-Time Assistant Professor of Art at Parsons and New School University.
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