“Reaction to the series has been powerful,” she says. “Sometimes people say my work should be in Hollywood or incorporated into characters in video games. Just this week I was interviewed seven times by NOVA students. These paintings are powerful magnets.”
Makara’s love of storytelling recently gained her a weird and wonderful commission: several paintings for Legend of the Bunnyman, a rock opera based on the tale of an ax-wielding figure in a rabbit costume who reportedly threatened locals in Fairfax County in 1970. The show is currently being performed and recorded by the Mantua Finials; Makara’s paintings each represent both a character in the story and a member of the band.
“I’m the witch,” she says with a mischievous smile, pointing to a photo of the band showing off their portraits during their Halloween gig at the Torpedo Factory. Little wonder that Makara took so strongly to a show that envelops audiences in mystery and myth. All of her recent work shows the timelessness of costumes and masks in myriad forms—and the secrets that hide behind each work of art.
Meet Susan Makara and purchase copies of Masks at the Torpedo Factory in studio 335. Check out more of her work at www.susanmakara.com, and support her friends the Mantua Finials by checking out the Legend of the Bunnyman page.