Susan Byrnes

Susan Byrnes’ art in 1628, Untitled (American), Cast Iron and Wood Board, 2018

Susan Byrnes’ sculptures begin as ordinary, functional objects (tools, clothing, etc.) that are transformed through the process of lost wax casting, which enables her to add to or emphasize elements of the form. By changing an object’s material composition and structure, what starts out as mundane or pedestrian becomes symbolic and evocative.

These sculptures reference the female figure and artifacts common to that gender’s environment. In “Support System”, “Untitled (American)”, and “Liberation Lingerie”, fragile and flexible fabric is transformed into a thick, heavy iron shield or armor. In other work, purses and briefcases are rendered inefficient or nonfunctional. The substitution of the tongues for shovel spades in “Dig” alters the purpose of the tool completely.

Susan Byrnes, Liberation Lingerie, Cast Iron and Steel Cable, 2012

Byrnes’ artwork has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the Midwest, including The Korean Cultural Center of Chicago, Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, the Sculpture Center in Cleveland, the Dayton Art Institute, the University of Minnesota’s Nash Gallery in Minneapolis, and the Amarillo Museum of Art in Texas. She earned an MFA from Eastern Michigan University and a BFA from Syracuse University. Susan resides in Cincinnati, OH.

Susan Byrnes has a total of 7 pieces of art displayed in our Attention to Detail exhibit. All exhibit pieces are for sale. If you are interested in seeing the exhibition virtually, click here. If interested in purchasing or displaying art in the 1628 Coworking gallery, please contact us at

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