painting, papier-mache sculpture, and drawing


"I’m just really curious. I stay wide open, not jaded. I want to be surprised. I want to believe that the extraordinary is possible. I want to take in life, to continue experiencing wonderment. As long as I’m here, I want to stay appreciative of what is magnificent and wonderful." - Sudie


Sudie Rakusin

I am a visual artist, sculptor, author, illustrator and publisher. Born and raised in Washington, DC, I currently reside in Hillsborough, NC. I received my BFA in Painting from Boston University and my MFA in Painting from University of Arizona.

  Live from the stage/my workspace

Live from the stage/my workspace

Being an animal activist and feminist, my artwork flows from what moves me and from where I find beauty: women, animals, the earth, color, pattern and light. It represents the deep connection I feel with these elements. Through my artwork I envision and create the world as I would like it to be – a place where harmony exists between animal and human.

Illustration by Sudie Rakusin from Mary Daly's Wickedary

I am also known for my 3-dimensional, papier-mache, oil on canvas paintings featuring women and animals. These works are created on a free-form canvas and involve the use of papier-mâché sculpture, beadwork and mixed media. 

My paintings test the boundaries of what a “painting” is; they are non-rectangular and I incorporate 3 dimensional elements into them. I form my canvas into an undefined shape that is determined by the elements within the painting. Examples of the 3 dimensional components include windows and doors that open to other places, shelves that animals perch upon and LED lighting. Using papier-mâché, I design features that rise from the canvas and extend toward the viewer, such as flower petals or the tail of a fox.

Roaming by Sudie Rakusin. 

Papier-mâché comprises a large portion of my artwork. My papier-mâché sculptures are inspired by flora and fauna, but also reach into my imaginary world and are enhanced with pattern and beadwork. 

I believe my creations are the best part of me. Art is where I go for refuge, replenishing and how I pay homage to what sustains me.

Gallery Affiliation

Frank Gallery, Chapel Hill, NC




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