Why I persist | Covid and civil unrest | Susan Hensel Gallery

2021-02-11T21:38:53-05:00Articles, Embroidery Art, News|

“Hope is a fragile thing, Peter continued, as fragile as a flower. Its fragility makes it easy to sneer at, by people who see life as a dark and difficult ordeal, people who get angry when something they can’t believe in themselves gives comfort to others. They prefer to crush the flower underfoot as if to say: See how weak this thing is, see how easily it can be destroyed. But, in truth, hope is one of the strongest things in the universe. Empires fall, civilizations vanish into dust, but hope always comes back, pushing up through the ashes, growing from seeds that are invisible and invincible.”-Michael Faber […]

Log Rhythm | Music, Wordplay and Numbers | Susan Hensel Gallery

2021-02-11T21:27:46-05:00Articles, Embroidery Art|

Music, Wordplay, and Numbers This new piece, Log Rhythm, is actually a tribute to my father. Not only did he love to play with music and words, but he also loved to play with numbers. My father was an engineer who loved music, wordplay, and numbers.  He could play a tune on any instrument that he picked up.  Mostly he played ragtime on our upright piano and comedic songs on the concertina. (I never played ragtime. I thought I was the next  Edith Piaf, composing and singing heartbreakingly dolorous songs as a teenager.) At Christmas we would go caroling around the neighborhood with my father leading the pack, playing the concertina. […]

Kristen Dieng Wonder Me Mosaics

2021-04-30T11:41:43-04:00Articles, Embroidery Art, News, Artists|

Kristen Dieng Wonder Me Mosaics Kristen Dieng Wonder Me Mosaics. It was a glorious October day when Kristin completed installing in the windows of Susan Hensel Gallery. Reflections are always a problem when photographing the windows.  But, on this day, the reflections added the fall trees to the picture, augmenting the experience. […]

Robyn Hendrix Contraption in the Windows on Cedar Project

2021-04-30T11:02:58-04:00Articles, Embroidery Art, Artists, Art|

Robyn Hendrix Contraption in the Windows on Cedar Project Robyn Hendrix Contraption in the Windows on Cedar Project. What a pleasure it is to present Robyn Hendrix quirky watercolors in the windows! She first showed with Susan Hensel Gallery in 2009. ( The Leap of Faith 5)  This suite, playing with transparency and light is entitled CONTRAPTIONS. […]

An Artist’s Studio Life is More Than You Think | Susan Hensel Gallery

2021-09-22T11:34:41-04:00Articles, Embroidery Art|

Studio life for artist Susan Hensel is a lot of things.  It is playing with colors, materials, and ideas: the fun stuff.  It is making decisions about how to handle material mistakes: also fun stuff.  This piece, Jester: Clown of God, started as one thing and became another because of inconsistencies that turned up in the stitch-out.  I can’t even see the “problems” anymore, because the piece became itself once I draped it over a chair.  The paradoxical heaviness of the fabric against the visual lightness of spirit reminded me of a story by Tomi DiPaola: The Clown of God,  about a character who used his unique talent to bring goodness to the world. So absurd, to think that a talent for juggling could be so valued. But isn’t that what art does for us? That’s all well and good…but if you are an exhibiting artist, you will probably need to ship the work that you had so much fun making.  […]

The Unique Art of Embroidery

2020-04-07T13:46:48-04:00Embroidery Art|

The Unique Art of Embroidery is a creative and rare form of art medium. Art comes in all different kinds of style mediums such as oils, acrylics, watercolors, charcoal, chalk pastels, spray paint, and pencil. Some more artistic art mediums can include marble, steel, and wood used for sculpting your work. Embroidery although being a rarer form of art medium is loved all over the world. If you’re interested in learning more about this wonderful yet unique art medium, here are some interesting things you might want to know about The Unique Art of Embroidery. […]


2021-11-03T20:20:13-04:00Articles, Embroidery Art, News, Artists|

Installation The gallery is a quiet studio, talk radio in the background. This Saturday, it will light up with the second South Minneapolis Wild Wool Market. Ideas have been knocking around in my head that involves the little dresses again, but in 3-d with fiber. SO, I today I began. I like the relationships that are developing among the parts, although it is still too linear, simply curated objects rather than a full 3-d experience. I think the placenta dress needs to hang in space rather like the stuffed dress at the left.But with the wool market arriving in a couple of days, I will leave it as is for now. Susan Hensel Gallery The focus of Susan Hensel Gallery is on compelling objects, meaningful use of materials, and engaging sculpture. It is a gallery where experimental ideas and works of the hand join to create unique sensory experiences. Opened September 10th, 2004 Susan Hensel Gallery is a gallery/ workspace presenting 5-6 shows per year in an intimate space, with hardwood floors and high tin ceilings. In 2013 the interior space reverted to a working studio for Susan Hensel where she [...]

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