Susan Mikula is an American artist and photographer. Susan Mikula is the partner of television host, political commentator, and author, Rachel Maddow. Her art career has remained consistent and has received major recognition in various exhibitions in the United States.
Table of Biography
Early Life and Childhoodd
Susan was born in 1958 in New Jersey, United States. She is a 62 years old woman with an American nationality. However, her age never seems to affect her fantastic artwork. Later, she and her family relocated to a small town in New Hampshire. Instead, she seems to be only getting better and creative as time passes by.
Mikula was raised in the urban, industrialized part of the city. Mikula has got a sister who is also a medical photographer in Boston. The skill and the will of the photographer run through the Mikula family, and it has remained with both the sisters for a long time.
Having grown up artistically inclined, she completed courses in color theory at the Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. She studied Politics at the University of Oxford. Mikula did not receive any formal education in photography, having taught herself the mechanics of her chosen medium.
This allowed her aesthetic sensibilities to develop without the constraints of orthodox thinking that often hinders an artist’s process. Her background as an accountant serves an important role in her creativity. As in mathematics, her camera seeks to bare everything down to its very essence.
Career and Profession Life
Mikula spent a major part of her life working as an accountant while her art was exhibited as part of group shows. She also served as an art jury in various competitions before landing her first solo exhibition in 1998. Beginning her photography career in 2007, she slowly developed a unique style with vintage Polaroid cameras and instant films. She prefers to take photos only with the available light and does not employ cropping or any such image manipulation techniques.
Mikula’s works have been published as collections of landscape photography. In 2008, she released her first book ‘Susan Mikula: Photographs’. She has also published American Breakbulk #13 and #21, American Device #49, and American Vale #17, the collections of her works that make up the expanded series on the abandoned industrial sites across the country, called American Bond.
Inspired by the cave paintings in France and by the small plastic toys that she and her sister used in their childhood games, her newest series, ‘u. X’, is a candid and melancholic tribute to the past and all its mysteries. Since she began her career as a photographer, her work has been displayed both in solo and group exhibitions in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Miami. In 2017, Mikula was hired by the Art in Embassies program to do site-specific works for the U.S. Consulate in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico.
Her use of old Polaroid cameras, with all their unpredictability and expired films, is central to her method. Each of her photographs testifies to an intuitive mind behind the camera. Before each shoot, she examines every camera and every film to find the perfect combination for the specific project. After taking a shot without the aid of artificial lights and never applying any changes, she scans and reproduces the Polaroid print.
Mikula considers the printing, mounting, and installation of her works as pivotal to the process as the photographs themselves. For her 2006 project, ‘9 Portraits’, she used nine-foot panels of industrial mesh as the printing surface for her Polaroids. The panels were then hung from the ceiling of the 4-H Exhibition Hall at the Northampton Fairgrounds.
There is no exact information about the net worth of Mikula. In fact, she has never come forward to disclose her net worth. But the estimations of her net worth are to be around $5 million. However, this is not the case for her spouse Rachel Maddow whose net worth is $7 million annually and has a net worth of $20 million. Susan has made all of her net worth from the artistic works.
Susan and Maddow met in 1999. Maddow, who was doing her doctoral dissertation at the time, was hired by Mikula to work on her yard. Rachel Anne Maddow is one of the most popular American actresses. She is well-known for her amazing roles in ‘The Ides of March’, which was released in 2011, the TV series House of Cards (2013), and 30 Rock released in 2006. For their first date, the couple went to an ‘NRA Ladies’ Day on the Range’ event.
The couple happily lives in a Pre-Civil war farmhouse in Berkshires, Western Massachusetts, and a West Village apartment in New York City. The two different ladies have done wonders to break the stereotype regarding that lesbian can’t be together in a relationship. Moreover, the two lovebirds, however, are not in marriage and feel marriage is always not that important. The feeling of love is essential rather than tying it with the wedding.
Rachel Maddow is, however, an American television host and a liberal political commentator. Likewise, Maddow hosts The Rachel Maddow show, a nightly television show on MSNBC. Along with it, she serves as a cable network’s special event with co-anchor Brian Williams. It looks like Maddow is the first and the last love of Mikula’s life.
Body Measurement and Social Media
Mikula has got blue eyes and grey hair. She has become an old woman. However, other information about her physical appearance is not available at the moment.
Similarly, Susan Mikula might have come to social media more for her relationship rather than her skills: the fans of the woman are pretty limited. Due to no interest in sharing personal life information, the social media handle of this lady is not available.