A Visit To Sue Kreitzman’s Studio

[Text and Photos by Ari Seth Cohen]

I met artist Sue Kreitzman outside the New Museum over a year ago and was struck by her original style and colorful palette. She splits her time traveling between New York and London and I had the wonderful opportunity to visit her studio and home and see her vast collection of jewelry and clothes and artwork.

Sue started off as a cook but unexpectedly became an artist. She makes colorful and delightful objects and paintings out of a combination of acrylics and nail polish, embellished with buttons, broken jewellery and found objects. She is a walking piece of art herself taking great care in putting together outfits that mix and match pieces that she has specially created for herself. When I asked Sue to describe her style she said,

“Art and colour are my life. My apartment is painted in vivid (you might say vulgar) colours, and festooned with fascinating objects. Well, so am I. My good friend, London fabric artist Lauren Shanley, makes my clothes. I am something of an obsessive collector, and – among other things – gather ethnic and vintage fabrics from all over the world. Lauren collages these fragments into miraculous garments. Often, they tell a story,. Anothai Hansen, in Brooklyn, and Amanda Caines, in London, make my jewellery; again, they are made from found objects I have gathered, and again, each piece usually tells a story. “
Check more of Sue’s artwork on her website:

And her email:
  • what a fascinating woman; any particular reason she favors nesting dolls or just because they are fun?
    I love her "vulgar" colors– I'm generally a huge fan of both color and vulgarity.

  • What an amazing lady. Love, love her clothes. Yet another proof that age is just a number.
    Such an inspiration.
    Un abrazo from Spain.

  • Oh, that first matryoshka dress is fabulous! <3

  • Fabulous! Thank you for introducing us to this amazing woman.

  • Oh wow – everything is gorgeous – I love the bright colors in her studio and personal style!

  • I want to join the WOW group!!!! What a bunch of cool artists…and Lauren Shanley's work is stunning. thanks for sharing this!

  • Suella

    I hope we can hear more from and about this woman. I love both her necklaces and clothes. Lauren Shaney is a particular inspiration of mine.
    The WOW group and their exhibition work is of great interest. Their range of work is quite striking.

  • wonderful! im a fan or prints and color myself and this woman's style is very compelling. she clearly loves life and knows how to enjoy it!
    i love how bright and happy she looks!


  • Wonderful article, and the photos are terrific! You can read more about Sue in this interview I conducted with her recently: