​​The assemblage sculptures I create are both social and cultural statements, autobiographical musings, and my responses to experienced events. I witness and respond to the roles and relationships of women and men in society: locally and throughout the world, times past and present. The assemblages are both autobiographical and universal. I utilize legends, fables, religious reference and news events to illustrate human behavior.  Divisions of women and men power, relationship issues, romantic expectations and reality, plus traditional sexual roles interest me. The pieces are often feminist in focus, and always humanist. We are all affected by our society's expectations and standards. 

An idea for the assemblage is the focus of the piece: it determines the selection of materials and the final form of the work. I see an object that suggests an idea and the piece develops. Or an idea occurs to me first, beginning the process of sourcing the materials to give the concept a physical presence. An idea is suggested by personal experience, a written statement, a witnessed occurrence  or news event. My challenge is to give the idea a tangible life. As the progression of creating the pieces occurs, the piece often changes or responds to the materials found, chosen and utilized.  The idea always stays the core of the assemblage, but the art piece often reveals further truths. Each assemblage is a also a balance between imagination and physical capabilities, a challenging, inspirational process. 

The assemblage materials are sourced from thrift stores, dumpsters, by the side of streets, antique stores, abandoned houses, estate sales, and from friends. Most of my materials are recycled, re-purposed and reclaimed. I often obliterate the immediate identity of the objects used in the assemblages through the use of thick white paint, sometimes with the addition of dry materials. The "chunky" paint adds a feeling of deterioration and age to the pieces.  If the idea is more illustrative, with clarity integral to the message, the materials may retain their original patinas and finishes. The overall social statement takes precedence.

My training as an artist has been in drawing and painting. The assemblage sculptures are grounded in my visual imagination. My continuing work in two-dimensional work complements my assemblage sculptures. However, I feel a three-dimensional object or sculptural installation delivers an immediate and effective message beyond the capabilities of a wall-hung two-dimensional artwork. The assemblages are an epiphany:

an essential nature of an idea. A moment of truth. 


Santa Barbara, California 1948

University of California, Santa Barbara, Bachelor of Arts, 1990


Spoken & Unspoken

Santa Cruz Art League

Santa Cruz, California 


Gateway to Imagination

Farmington Museum

Farmington, New Mexico

Art of Engagement

Touchstone Gallery

​Washington, DC

The Next Big Thing 2017

Studio Channel Islands

Camarillo, California

Out of Place

Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art

Santa Barbara, California  

Altered States of Collage
Collage Artists of America
Tarzana, California

DAB Art "Neoteric" Juried Exhibition, April 2015, HUD Gallery, Ventura, California ​

Port Angeles Fine Art Center Sculpture Installation Invitational, "Excess Baggage"
Port Angeles Fine Art Center Strait Art Show Invitational, Port Angeles, Washington
The Courtyard Gallery, Port Townsend, Washington

Port Townsend Gallery, Port Townsend, Washington
Collective Visions Gallery 4th Annual Juried Show, Bremerton, Washington
Port Angeles Fine Art Center Invitational, Port Angeles, Washington
Northwind Arts Alliance Group Shows, Port Townsend, Washington

Collective Visions Gallery 3rd Annual Juried Show, Bremerton, Washington
Northwind Arts Alliance Small Expressions Juried Show, Port Townsend, Washington

Re-Art '08, Gallery Madera Juried Show, Tacoma, Washington
Collective Visions 1st and 2nd Annual Juried Show, Bremerton, Washington
Northwind Arts Alliance Small Expressions Juried Show, Port Townsend, Washington
Arts Council of Snohomish County Art of Recycling Juried Show
Northwind Arts Alliance Abstract Images Juried Show, Port Townsend, Washington
The Art of Recycling Invitational Group Show, Northwind Arts Center, Port Townsend, Washington

Group and solo painting shows in United States and Ireland

Linenhall Fine Arts Centre "Blue" Invitational Show, Castlebar, County Mayo, Ireland

Foxford Visitor's Centre Invitational Show, Foxford, County Mayo, Ireland 
Claremorris Fine Art Exhibition, Claremorris, County Mayo, Ireland
Church Gallery Invitational Show, Dublin, Ireland

Sculpture show (second place award) San Jose Museum of Art

Member, International Sculpture Center (ISC)
Art Port Townsend Art Studio Tour Chair and Organizer, Port Townsend, Washington, 2007-2010
President of the Board, Northwind Arts Alliance, Port Townsend, Washington, 2010
Board Member, Northwind Arts Alliance, 2005-2009
President, Port Townsend Gallery, Port Townsend, Washington, 2010
Board member, Port Townsend Gallery, Port Townsend, Washington, 2006-2008
Founding member and organizing member, Tir Sailte' Outdoor Sculpture Trail, North Mayo County, Ireland, 1993



The Art of Engagement

The Washington Post

August 12, 2017

"As the presidential election loomed a year ago, Touchstone Gallery presented “Art as Politics.” Now, the venue’s “The Art of Engagement” returns to many themes of that exhibition, but in a somewhat grimmer mood. "

The artworks were selected from a national call, pared from 750 to about 70 by American University Museum Director Jack Rasmussen. Many pieces refer, directly or otherwise, to the post-election Women’s March.

Susan Hazard’s “Struggle,” for example, is an all-white mixed-media assemblage with a vulva at its center."

East City Art

August 23, 2017

East City Art www.eastcityart.com publication also reviewed the "The Art of Engagement" show recently at the Touchstone Gallery in Washington, DC. You can view it here:  http://www.eastcityart.com/reviews/east-city-artnotes-art-engagement-touchstone-gallery/

It is a quarterly magazine and the best source of information for anything art related in DC area online.

Eric Hope wrote  in part, "The Art of Engagement is Touchstone's Gallery second foray into the world of politics and presents a more angst-ridden take on today's political climate...with artists questioning the treatment of gender and racial disparities..."

"Susan Hazard's pudendum-inspired assemblage entitled Struggle needs no rainbow hues to underscore the notion that women continue to fight for the very control of their bodies."

The Art of Engagement exhibit 2017 at Touchstone Gallery, 901 New York Ave. NW. 202-347-2787. www.touchstonegallery.com

about the artist


susan hazard


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