Susan Altman makes mosaics and other things, especially from discarded materials, that express the world as she sees it, wants to see it, or wants others to see it. She loves colors and building things, and likes her art to serve a function. A passionate environmentalist, she incorporates discarded and used materials into her work whenever possible: wood from construction projects, pots and pans, broken pottery, keys and hardware, discarded furniture, bottle caps, rocks, seashells, and once-loved toys. She makes wall hangings, free-standing sculptures, stepping stones, garden ornaments, and jewelry.
Susan finds joy in bringing art and community together. She has developed and produced multiple public art projects, including a 7 x 12 foot wall mosaic created by almost six hundred K-5 students in Medford over two weeks; a mixed-media wall piece designed and built by several middle-school students, a mosaic wall piece created by four families working together over four sessions, a utility switch-box mosaic, and a large mixed media wall hanging created by many volunteers, to be displayed in a public library.
Susan is the board president of the Medford Arts Center, Inc. (MACI), organizing and facilitating many projects and events, including MARV, the Medford Arts Resource Vehicle, which was launched in 2017 to bring art into local communities. She also works with Arts Collaborative Medford (ACmedford.org) on creating a brick-and-mortar community arts space near Medford Square.