SuZen is a fine- art photographer, designer, educator and peace-activist.
SuZen’s photographs challenge the viewers’ perception and evoke the world of spirit. Over the years, she has pushed the photographic medium using various techniques including multiple printing, collage, selective toning, three-dimensional constructions, performance art, digital photography and multi-media installations. Her work has grown from traditional black and white photography shown in galleries to public spaces with performances in the lobbies of the One World Trade Center; Port Authority Bus Terminal; TWA Terminal at JFK Airport.
In 1984, NYSCA funded a 40’ x 23’ painted mural of her photograph, “Flowing Light” on 42nd Street in Times Square. She has exhibited her photography in museums and galleries internationally including Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany, Herbert F. Johnson Museum, Ithaca, NY and Zabriskie Gallery, in NYC, Her work is in numerous collections including the Library of Congress, Denver Museum of Art, and Bibliotheque National of Paris.
In 1982, SuZen organized her first performance/art installation, “Coming from Blindness Into Sight”, in the lobby of One World Trade Center. Since then she has been a recipient of grants from the National Endowment of the Art for a 4 Woman Inter-Arts performance/installation, “Between Spaces”, in the TWA terminal at JFK airport; and the New York State Council on the Arts for a 40’ x 23’ painted mural of her photograph, Flowing Light, which can be seen across from the Port Authority Bus Terminal on 42nd Street.
In 1979, she organized, 50 NYC Photographers, her first exhibition in a public space, 26 Federal Plaza. In 1981, she founded, Art For the People and has coordinated numerous public events around NYC. In 1984 in Central Park, she organized the first Universal Peace Day to commemorate the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. This has become an annual event, which been taken place at The Riverside Church, NY Buddhist Church, The Church of St Paul and St Andrew, The Church Center of the United Nations, Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, Union Square Park in front of the Gandhi statute and Strawberry Fields in Central. In 2007, SuZen began A Peal for Peace Bell Ringing Project to ring bells around the world at the moment of the Hiroshima bombing. Since then bells have rang around the world.
SuZen has taught at Hunter College, International Center for Photography, and Pratt Institute. Recently, she retired as a full time professor at Art Institute of New York City, where she taught digital photography and graphic design.