Who Is Susan Mikula?
Susan is a photographer and artist, also known for being the partner of television host, author and political commentator Rachel Maddow. Susan has done numerous art exhibitions over the course of her career since the 1990s, and has also joined in various competitions. She has since expanded to photography since the mid-2000s. She has established a style that often involves instant film and Polaroid cameras. She doesn’t use any image editing or manipulation, nor does she crop any of her photos. This has led her work to be critically acclaimed, and described as complex as well as beautiful. She presents a lot of exhibits and collections on landscape photography.
Art as Wealth – Susan’s Net Worth
How rich is Susan Mikula? As of early-2018, sources inform us of a net worth that is at $5 million, mostly earned through success in art, as she’s sold high valued art and photographs. She’s also done high valued commissioned work over the course of her career. As she continues with her career, it is expected that her wealth will also continue to increase.
Fame as an Artist and Photographer
To make ends meet, Susan started off working as an accountant, while doing art work which was often shown as a part of group exhibitions. Her popularity started to increase over the years, and soon her work started to flourish, leading to the first significant increase of her net worth thanks to a solo exhibition. She then forayed into learning photography, and decided not to pursue any formal education in the art, mainly teaching herself, and many believe that this lack of formal education allowed her style to grow without any inhibitions. She started to make take what were initially deemed as strange photos, but which also started to capture her art critics.
She focused on using Polaroid cameras which is known to be a difficult camera to master, due to its unpredictability, however, she mentions that this is the essence of her method. She brought her first Polaroid SX-70 camera in 2007, and has continued using similar cameras, specifically depending on the subject or project in mind. She doesn’t use any artificial light nor does she make any changes to her work. When doing a project, the installation, printing and even the position of her camera become extremely important due to the fact that she does not apply any post processing. She has mentioned that it is difficult to find film for Polaroid cameras, leading her to explore various avenues such as eBay, junk stores and yard sales. One of her most notable projects is called “9 Portraits”, which was later showcased at the Northampton Fairgrounds in 2006. Two years later she released her first book of photographs entitled “Susan Mikula: Photographs”. She’s also published as a part of collections in other photographic magazines, including a collection on abandoned industrial sites called “American Bond”, and another collection entitled “u.X’ which has subjects consisting of plastic toys of the past, as well as cave paintings in France.
Mikula’s work is often seen in various exhibitions around the US, including in New York, Miami, San Francisco and Los Angeles. In 2017, she did work for the US Consulate in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, being hired specifically by the Art in Embassies program. She also promotes her work online as a part of an official website. Her website displays her latest works, and some selected work as a part of her portfolio. She also displays recent news on her work, but her site hasn’t been updated since June 2017.
Away from the Lens – Susan’s Early Days and Romance
What is Mikula’s Age? She was born in 1958, in New Jersey USA. Before pursuing a career in art, she studied at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts where she completed courses in color theory. She met her current partner Rachel Maddow in 1999, while Rachel was doing her doctoral dissertation. According to them, their meeting was very “Desperate Housewives” themed, and their first date was during an event entitled “NRA Ladies’ Day on the Range”. The couple have been together for 18 years and are known to spend their time primarily in two locations, which are a pre-civil war farmhouse located in Berkshire, Western Massachusetts, and an apartment in New York City. They enjoy spending weekends at Berkshire and they own a pet Labrador. They’ve also spent a significant amount of money to maintain the originality of their old home.
She has openly expressed her lesbian sexuality, and mentions that she enjoys life together with Rachel. They have also stated their intention to adopt one day.