Susan Silton’s We, Our, Us expands on her series investigating the historical use of stripes as social and cultural signifiers, and is motivated by the idea of transit stations as shared public spaces. The porcelain enamel steel artwork for the station platform will include three prescient messages in English, Korean and Spanish—the predominant languages of the neighborhood—embedded within multicolor-striped fields to explore individuality and diversity while acknowledging our collective human experience.
“My projects interrupt—in subtle and more overt ways and through combinations of humor, edginess and subterfuge—the assumptions we make based on our observations.”
About the Artist
SUSAN SILTON (b. 1956, Los Angeles) is an interdisciplinary visual artist whose practice engages with photography, video, installation, performance, artist’s books, sound and language. Silton’s work takes form in performative and participatory-based projects, photography, video, installation, text/audio works, and print-based projects, and presents in diverse contexts such as public sites, social network platforms, and traditional galleries and institutions. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and studied at Art Center College of Design. Her work has been presented at numerous national and international venues that include the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art; the Hammer Museum; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; LA><ART; LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division); the MAK Center for Art and Architecture; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and SITE Santa Fe. She is the recipient of awards from the Art Matters Foundation, the Center for Cultural Innovation, the Durfee Foundation, Fellows of Contemporary Art (FOCA), the Getty/California Community Foundation, Los Angeles’s Department of Cultural Affairs, and The MacDowell Colony, among others. In 1996–97, Silton was commissioned for a Metro Art Bookmark series in collaboration with noted Los Angeles–based poet and educator Terry Wolverton.
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