CRITICAL REVIEWS AND ARTICLES

ARTIST CARVES ADOLESCENTS AND "SOCIAL STUDIES"

Burt Wasserman, Art Matters, May 2013

 

 

 ...In a curious kind of way, I think Hagen’s art brings the plays of the Russian dramatist Anton Chekhov to mind. Like him, she presents various believable human characters. They are deeply touched by situations that stretch their capacities for responding to circumstances over which they have minimal control...

SUSAN HAGEN: CARVING THE WORLD AROUND HER

Nancy Bea Miller, Fine Art Connoisseur, July/August 2013

 

... Hagen strives for an actual relationship with every one of her

human subjects. “They are more than just models, they are participants,”

she asserts. “It’s an ongoing relationship. Once they are in my sculptures,

they are in my life.” Curator and critic L. Robin Rice admires the sincerity

of Hagen’s artistry: “There is something so deeply valid about her work,

and about her basic impulse to connect people through their humanity...”

SUSAN HAGEN'S TINY HUMANS AT CENTER FOR ART IN WOOD

Roberta Fallon, The Art Blog, July 2013

 

... her works remind me in spirit of another German artist of more recent vintage, August Sander, whose portrait photographs of farmers, soldiers, bakers, chefs, created an archive of a time and place. Like Sander, Hagen is a collector of people, fascinated with their nuances, their similarities and differences.