New York artist Susan Leopold studied at Boston University and in Florence, Italy, receiving her B.F.A. in photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 1982. She is the recipient of many prestigious awards including the New York Fellowship for the Arts and has work displayed in permanent collections nationwide as well as in the form of public mural projects throughout New York City. Leopold’s work is on exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum in New York City.
Leopold takes a fresh and innovative approach to the photographic image using elements of sculpture, painting, collage, and digital technology to construct her famous viewboxes. These elegant architectural structures offer a portal through which the viewer peers into intimate photographic worlds. Utilizing the distorting and manipulative qualities of fish eye lenses and mirrored surfaces, Leopold creates an inventive environment for her photographs. One may discover a deserted room with an abandoned solitary piano, images of Ellis Island, or surreal aquatic scenes within these spaces. Each piece presents a unique optical experience in which the viewer’s own presence becomes part of the visual illusion.