Susan Kristoferson MFA


Through her artworks, Susan Kristoferson investigates the fissure between the tangible and the intangible. She specializes in surface design processes for paper, especially itajime (fold, clamp and dye) and paste painted papers which utilize a cooked starch paste as the medium or carrier for acrylic paint. Susan creates both large and small collages as well as panels of uniquely patterned papers.

She earned a BFA in Fine Art from the University of Texas at Austin and an MFA in Fiber Arts from Indiana University in Bloomington in USA. An art teacher since 1975 she has taught at all levels from kindergarten to being an Art Professor and is on the Board of Directors for the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. She lives on a ridgetop with her husband, daughter, five sheep, a multitude of chickens and the antics of Luna, the yellow Labrador where they enjoy the every changing light of Alberta’s’ big sky and a spectacular view of the grasslands, foothills and Rocky Mountains.

I have an unceasing interest in creating color, pattern and visual texture in decorative papers, in particular in using the techniques of paste painting and itajime.