To All the Beautiful Souls Lost, 2020
38 in x 33 in
48 in x 36 in
Sue Weil’s Artist Statement
Through my art, I seek to find a balance between active engagement in events surrounding us, and the periodic need to retreat for reflection and self-renewal. Feeling that often less is more, my designs are intentionally spare, exploring rhythm and asymmetry in abstract compositions. While some of my tapestries reflect an inner call for peace, other works may address the intensifying discord in our world. Recent themes have included such issues as climate change, the COVID pandemic, and the need to create an equitable world for our children.
Weaving attracts me for its simplicity: two opposing sets of threads twining together to create a whole. Working at the loom provides me the opportunity to sit in the stillness of my thoughts, allowing my hands to think.
Say Their Names, 2020
9 in x 27 in
Sue Weil’s Biography
Sue Weil earned her Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude in Social Anthropology from Harvard University, taking many studio art classes alongside her academic studies. Early in her career, she wove one-of-a-kind fabric for her line of women’s clothing which was sold in galleries and boutiques and was regularly featured in the Chicago edition of Women’s Wear Daily. After leaving the field for a couple of decades, in 2011, Sue returned to weaving, this time with a focus on tapestry.
Combining Sue’s interests in anthropology and art, she finds herself especially drawn to weaving’s cultural universality, noting the connection between ancient and modern cultures through solving the need for warmth and beauty by manipulating fiber to create cloth, rugs, and tapestries. Sue is especially drawn to the sensual, tactile warmth of the fibers and the way the image draws the viewer beneath the surface. Her works have appeared in international exhibitions as well as many venues throughout the US, including appearing in a number of the American Tapestry Alliance’s juried exhibitions. Additionally, Sue has been featured in numerous solo shows in the San Francisco Bay Area.