Interview with Sue Simon, September 6, 2014
Sue and I arrange to meet at Spark gallery, one day after her exhibition opens. As I enter the gallery she is answering the questions of students from the Community College of Denver, who are visiting the gallery with their instructor. .
May I ask your age?
How long have you lived in Denver?
I moved here in 1991 from Boston when my husband Raphael Nemenoff accepted a teaching and research position at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Department.
What was the transition like?
The city seemed beautiful, spacious and green. It was a nice change from the East Coast. There was a nice open feel and the feeling that you could re-invent yourself - a sense of possibility. I've been here 23 years.
Can you tell us about your earlier years?
I was born in Manhattan and lived there until I left for College. In my high school years I went to Music & Art. After high school I left New York and moved to Boston and studied painting at Boston University.
When did art, and art making, become a part of your life?
Art has been in my life since I was a child. My father was a sculptor. His work was figurative using stone and wood He was a part of the New York art scene. He belonged to Artist Equity. He worked in a studio in a building that was filled with artists, working in their studios.
And after Boston University?
I continued to paint and eventually started a company of graphic artists and photographers that worked for research scientists preparing illustrations for slide presentation and the publication of journal articles and books. We did work for many different labs at Harvard and M.I.T. I continued to paint but only had time to do 2 or 3 paintings a year at this time.
In 1991 when I moved to Denver my scientific illustration life ended and I went back to painting full time. Since that time I have incorporated scientific drawings into my work.
My exhibitions are organized around a theme or a concept. In my current show “Nature’s Number” the painting are about numbers that are constants in our universe such as the speed of light.
I hope my viewers will enjoy these paintings and maybe even think deeply about there surroundings.