Susan Kaplow


All of my current work was created during the past two challenging years.  Overcome with grief as the pandemic took hold, I sought consolation in the wisdom of the early Hasidic rabbis.  They taught that no heart is so whole as a broken one and that we each need two hearts: broken and whole. My fiber-based, sculptures follow the lines of hearts– broken, mending and whole.  I enhanced them with materials I recycled from the woods and from the street. As I worked, my hands found connections not imagined by the rabbis.

My fiber vessels meet the bleak hard-heartedness of our culture’s response to grief with the softness of wool from sheep and alpaca and the blue and green colors of healing.  Viewers are invited to write statements of their losses on parchment and place them into a collective container. After the show, the artist will create a new work incorporating these statements and marking the transformation of grief.  My figures invoke the loneliness of the outsider and the joy of the insider.

Susan Kaplow
545 West 111th St. #8E
New York, New York 10025


Susan Kaplow is a visual artist working in fiber, clay and mixed media.
Her current artwork, all created during the pandemic, speaks to the losses and grief, the broken and healing hearts, the isolation and inclusion we have all experienced.  She has made art related to illness and healing; women’s wisdom; lesbian/gay issues; torah and transformation.  She brings to her art practice 30 years of experience as a psychotherapist, ongoing study of Jewish spirituality and deep immersion in nature.

Recent Exhibitions:

2021Beyond the Narrow Place, virtual group show, Temple Emanuel
Members Showcase, Long Island City Artists, Plaxall Gallery
2020 Life As It Is Now, Members Show, Ceres Gallery
2019Embody, solo show, Ceres Gallery
2017Red, group show, Textile Study Group of NY, NOHO Gallery
Vulvacular, co-curated group show, Ceres Gallery, New York City
2017Out of Bounds, Solo Show, Ceres Gallery, New York City
2016Transformations, Bernard Museum of Judaica, New York City
2015Summer Seranade, Ceres Gallery, New York City
2015Small Works, National Association of Women Artists, New York City
2015Art and Healing, Lowy-Winkler Rare Book Center, American Jewish University, Los Angeles
2014Pirkei Avot ve Imahot, Ethics of the Fathers and Mothers, Lowy-Winkler Family Rare Book Center, American Jewish University, Los Angeles
2014The Jewish Art of Healing, Shomrei Emunah, Montclair, NJ
2013The Seventh Day: Revisiting Shabbat, HUC-JIR Museum, NYC
2013The Sexuality Spectrum, Sherwin-Miller Museum of Jewish Art, Tulsa, OK
2013The Sexuality Spectrum, HUC-JIR Museum, NYC
2012The Sexuality Spectrum, HUC-JIR Museum, NYC


2019The Language of Making, tsgny, 2019, book featuring my art
“The Blessing of Blessings” and other blog posts,
Hard Blessings: Jewish Ways Through Illness.  Book of stories of illness and healing enhanced by Kaplow’s artwor
2013An Artists Beit Midrash, CCAR, The Reform Jewish Quarterly
2013Sexuality Spectrum Exhibit of Jewish Art Starts Discussion at Sherwin Miller, James D. Watts, Tulsa World
2012Hard Blessings: Jewish Ways Through Illness, Susan Kaplow
Book of stories of illness and healing enhanced by Kaplow’s artwork
2012Pirkei Imahot, Lillith Magazine
2012An Unorthodox Guide to Sexuality, Debra Nussbaum Cohen, Jewish Daily Forward
1999Coming Out at Auschwitz, in Beginning with a Broken Heart, Dresser and Cunningham
1997Oswiecim Means Enlightenment, Turning Whee