Suzanne Stroebe was born in San Francisco, California and raised in the coastal forests just north of the city. She received an MFA in Fine Arts from Parsons the New School for Design, and a BA in Drawing and Painting from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Stroebe makes works on paper, installation, and sculpture. She occasionally works on curatorial projects with a focus on emerging feminist artists. Her work has been exhibited in galleries, museums, and alternative spaces in New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Canada, Europe, and Turkey. She is the recipient of the Ellen Hoffman Memorial Fund, a Puffin Foundation Artist Grant, was named a Distinguished Alumni by the UC Santa Cruz Fine Arts Department and was recently awarded a solo residency with the TLC Foundation on Martha’s Vineyard Island.
Stroebe is a teaching artist at PS123K in Bushwick, with Studio in a School. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
What are five hashtags that describe your work?
#rosequartz #healingcrystals #sacredgeometry #love #brooklynmade
What is your artist origin story?
I come from a family of scientists but was born an artist.
What is your favorite medium right now and why do you love it?
I love having a studio in my apartment, because during summer vacation I can get right to work in the morning in my PJs.
What is on the horizon for your work in the next year?
This summer I am planning to build some large papier mache sculptures…
How has being in Bushwick influenced your work?
I have lived, worked, exhibited or taught in Bushwick for almost ten years and have watched the neighborhood change so much in that time. There are many performances and exhibitions, in white boxes and DIY art spaces that have inspired me, but none more than the community and especially the students of PS123K. The inventiveness and wonder they bring to art making never ceases to blow my mind.
What Bushwick artists do you admire and why?
Anyone running an artist-run space in Bushwick. We need them but I don’t know how they do it.
In a parallel universe, if you weren’t doing what you are doing, what would you be doing?
I would be an acupuncturist living in California.
Was there something you want to share that was not asked?
About the Rose Quartz Project:
Rose Quartz is the Love Stone for this Age
The Rose Quartz is known as the “love stone” as it emits is a strong vibration of unconditional love, joy, warmth and emotional healing. Not only will it assist you with healing yourself but its energy may bring faith and hope to all in the vicinity, allowing you to see the beauty in the world, as your heart resonates to a new tune.
The Rose Quartz Project began in November 2016 and is ongoing, one response to the current political climate. The project is an unlimited series of unique watercolor paintings, given away to those in need of healing energy.
You can learn more about Suzanne Stroebe here.