Getting to know you: Susanna Bluhm

Each week we ask a Seattle artist to answer 11 personal questions. Last week, Fab Rideti! This week: Susanna Bluhm!


We love a good title, and Susanna Bluhm chooses exceptionally interesting names for her paintings. Sometimes she borrows lyrics from feminist electroclash band Le Tigre (“they call it way too rowdy, we call it finally free”), and other times she draws from more traditional texts (“your cheeks are like halves of a pomegranate behind your veil” from Song of Songs). The paintings that go by these names are lush, colorful, abstract landscapes, based on a combination of photos from Susanna’s travels and scenes from her Seattle neighborhood.


Where is your studio?  3rd floor of Inscape (old INS building in International District across from Uwajimaya)

Native Seattleite or transplant?  Transplant from Los Angeles.

What’s on your studio soundtrack?  Lately it’s Le Tigre, Ibrahim Ferrer, Peaches, Beirut, Daft Punk, Eydie Gorme, The Black Eyed Peas and Yacht.

Who is your art history crush?  Sonia Delaunay

What is your favorite Seattle summer activity?  Gardening and swimming/playing at the lake with my family.

Where is the best coffee in town?  The Shack in the Luna Park neighborhood of West Seattle makes a great Mexican mocha. It’s not sweet at all.

What is the last book you read?  The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom (a story about slaves on a plantation in Virginia in the early 1800’s). 4 stars!

What is your most treasured possession?  The first thing I’d pick up and run with in a fire would be my life’s collection of photos because they remind me who I have been. Next would be two clocks my uncle made. Then my plum colored Trippen shoes I got in Paris.

What is the worst job you’ve ever had?  After undergrad I sold beanie babies to middle-aged women for minimum wage at a little store in Bellingham.

What super power would you like to have?  To only need 4 hours of sleep. I’d have so many more hours in the day to do all the things I want to do. Or, to be able to shoot colored beams of light from my fingertips.

What is your favorite piece on Artsyo (that’s not yours)?  “A day without lesbians is like a day without sunshine” by Joey Veltkamp.

Thanks Susanna!

See more of Susanna Bluhm’s work on Artsyo.