Susi Brister’s “Fables” at Women and Their Work

Austin artist Susi Brister stages mysterious tableaux with enigmatic quasi-human figures draped in strange textiles and then situated in the natural landscape.

"613 Silky Straight in Swamp," Susi Brister
“613 Silky Straight in Swamp,” Susi Brister

Whimsical and eery at the same time, Brister’s “Fables” — on view at Women & Their Work — poke at what is real and what is imaginary.

Says Brister: “Acrylic neon crystals, camouflaging textiles, twisted piles of brightly colored tape, and layers upon layers of artificial hair extensions shroud forms that integrate with or interrupt the natural environment in a seeming attempt to blend in, but which ultimately emphasize the gap between the natural world and its synthetic imitations. ”

“Fables: Susi Brister” continues through Jan. 15.

Women & Their Work, Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays (Closed Dec. 24-Jan. 4).  and

Author: Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin is the arts critic for the Austin American-Statesman. She writes about visual art, theater, dance, music, performance, public art, architecture and just about any combination thereof.

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