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Elusive Sleep - Susan Stover

"Elusive Sleep" is a mixed media art piece by artist, Susan Stover. Elusive Sleep is made of cardboard, exterior house paint, acrylic paint, varnish and hand sewn together with waxed linen thread.  Inspired by her love of textiles and eastern cultural design elements, Stover creates monumental quilt-like pieces that also occupy the space of being a sculpture. 


This piece measures to 35.75" x 36" and is featured in Colibri Gallery's newest exhibition, SHAPE / SHIFT.  Exploring the transformative creative processes of two San Francisco Bay Area Artists, and how they utilize unconventional materials in a contemporary procedure of upcycling, transforming humble materials into extraordinary works of art. 


SHAPE / SHIFT is on view Dec 10, 2022 - Mar 18, 2023. 

Elusive Sleep - Susan Stover

  • Susan Stover is an interdisciplinary artist based in Graton, California. She holds an MFA from California College of the Arts in Oakland and a BFA from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Her work explores the process of creating as well as the patterns of daily life and considers associated aspects of repetition, meditation, and ritual.


    Trained in textiles with an interest in cultural history, Stober utilizes traditional fiber techniques and surface design patterns to transform humble materials such as cardboard and house paint into quilt-like objects. Pieces of cardboard are cut to fit together like a puzzle and are painted and distressed. Once assembled by hand-sewing, they create playful abstract compositions that function on a micro and macro scale.


    Stover’s paintings are part of many private and corporate collections. She is represented by Carrie Haddad Gallery in Hudson, NY. She also teaches workshops online from her Northern California studio, in person at other locations in the U.S., and internationally.

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