work is inspired by the imperfect perfection of nature. I am drawn to
the way nature’s touch alters itself and manmade objects. As a part
of my process, I gather natural materials such as plants in various
stages of metamorphosis or decay and synthetic matter such as rusted
implements. To create, I mix media, primarily paint and beeswax to
abstract the textures, colors and forms found in the fodder I gather.
For me.the natural properties of beeswax lend a softening effect to
virtually all materials it touches and is an uncompromising resist
element. My compositions can fall into either figurative or abstract
categories and often follow themes of isolation and unconformity,
which express my personal perceptions and experiences. Beginning
with a loose idea of composition and materials, I usually work
intuitively allowing the piece to dictate my direction. Recently, I
have explored encaustic techniques because of my affinity for beeswax
and working intuitively. Plans for future works include using my
techniques and ideas on ceramic surfaces.
Eleazer was born and raised in a rural area of Sumter County, SC
which left an indelible mark and appreciation of the natural world on
her. Having different sensibilities than the culture she was raised
in fostered in her the need to experience more of the world. She
began that journey by attending Limestone and Columbia College. While
a student at Columbia College, she was first introduced to beeswax
and the process of batik, which remains pivotal to her art process.
She obtained her BA in Art Education from Columbia College in 1981
and landed her first art education job in McCormick, SC teaching
middle school. During her 28 years of teaching public school art,
Susan was lucky enough to teach on all levels K-12 ending her career
at Dorman High school in Roebuck, SC. She married Hal Eleazer in 1983
and they raised two children, Robbie and Laura. After retiring, Susan
has chosen to work full time as an artist becoming a member of WMAC
in 2016. Membership at WMAC has given her access to an arts community
and a place to unfold her wings. She currently serves as Chair of the
Workshop at WMAC.