An Interview with artist Susan Dobay, at her Scenic Drive Gallery in Monrovia.
By Kathabela Wilson
A telescope on the artist
How do you see the artist in the world, what can he/she give, and how do you see yourself doing that?
I listen to my intuition. An inside voice from deep within which tells me to use my talent and share my observations sometimes joyful, sometimes sad, and sometimes social in hope to wake up the positive constructive conscience.
A compass on the Arts
How do poetry and music influence, project, combine with your art?
The collaboration of poetry, music, and visual art do strengthen each other. I get inspiration from them, and my art gets stronger.
A microscope on the artist
What are the interior qualities of your artistic life, what makes you an artist?
Given talent alone does not make an artist, the artist has to have discipline to work hard and find a way to express him-/herself no matter of circumstances. One has to find a way to share his/her talent with others.
Mapping the artist
How has “place” influenced your art — where you live especially, in our area, a force in your art, color — and influence your work?
My early work was inspired mostly by Hungarian literature and poetry. After escaping from Hungary in 1956, California and the American philosophers, poets in the Pasadena area Poets on Site gave a positive, more optimistic inspiration to my work.
We’ve been fortunate to be able to work with Susan; her inspiration continues to inspire our programs and books.
> You can check out Susan’s Gallery Blog here.
We hope you appreciated this article. Before you move on, please consider supporting the Colorado Boulevard’s journalism.
Billionaires, hedge fund owners and local imposters have a powerful hold on the information that reaches the public. Colorado Boulevard stands to serve the public interest – not profit motives.
While fairness guides everything we do, we know there is a right and a wrong position in the fight against racism and climate crisis while supporting reproductive rights and social justice. We provide a fresh perspective on local politics – one so often missing from so-called ‘local’ journalism.
You can access Colorado Boulevard’s paywall-free journalism because of our unique reader-supported model. People like you, informed readers, keep us independent, beholden to no outside influence, and accessible to everyone.
Please consider supporting Colorado Boulevard today. Thank you. (Click to Support)