love in the ruins; sex over 50, ongoing

I began work on love in the ruins; sex over 50, the year I turned 50 and my husband turned 62. I worked on these images for several years but decided not to show the work until my child graduated from high school. I think of the work as an ongoing diary; a record both of resilience and of defiance in the face of the decaying body. The first exhibition of the work was in 2011 at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, in an exhibition titled Sex Drive, curated by Stuart Horodner. In March 2014, I had a solo exhibition of the work at Studio 10 in Bushwick, showing a selection of eight large-scale images. A large selection of the work, along with more recent images, titled TORSOS, was on view from May 18, 2018 through January 13, 2019, in the exhibition IN THE CUT – The Male Body in Feminist Art, curated by Dr. Andrea Jahn at Stadgalerie Saarbrücken in Germany.


Edited by Andrea Jahn, IN THE CUT – The Male Body in Feminist Art, Kerber, 2019 (exhibition catalogue)
Marcin, Nadja Verena 150 Phalluses in Feminist Art Today, Hypergallergic, August 22, 2018
Takac, Balasz What About the Male Body in Feminist Art? An Exhibition Examines, Widewalls, May 23, 2018
D’Agostino, Paul Sexed & Gendered & Not: Four NYC Artists, The L Magazine, February 11, 2015
Micchelli, Thomas Everlasting Love: Susan Silas’s Intimate Photographs, Hyperallergic, March 2014.
Susan Silas, interviewed by Julieta Cárdenas, Adult, 2014

(Studio 10 photo credit: Kevin Noble)