Suzanne Russell Suzanne Russell is an artist, writer and activist-lawyer who has been living in Copenhagen, Denmark for the past 25 years. Suzanne has a B.A. from Wellesley College in literature and a J.D. from NYU in law. She is a painter at heart, but has a wide-ranging art practice that includes providing free legal help to refugees in Denmark. Suzanne has been on the Board of the Royal Danish Arts Council and has participated in various “integration” committees and mentoring projects. Suzanne is married to a Dane and has two biological children, Alexander and Isabel. She is also guardian and “Danish Mom” to two young men from Afghanistan. Suzanne’s website is www.suzanne-russell.dk
Fine Art

Blueprint for Happiness: The Photography of Joana Cardozo

By Suzanne Russell
By Suzanne Russell

Photographing the streets of New York and its strange array of characters, Joana Cardozo fell in love with both New York City and photography. When it was time to go back to her law practice in Brazil, she decided instead to apply to a one-year intensive photography course at ICP. She told herself that if she were accepted, she would spend another year in New York. Joana was 36 years old at the time.

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Family & Friends

Christmas with My ‘Little’ Family

By Suzanne Russell
By Suzanne Russell

When I was a child, the magic of Christmas was making and giving handmade gifts. I started in September and carefully made every gift that I gave. I am returning to my childhood tradition this year and I am making something for each member of my wonderful little family.

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Books · Poetry

Afghan Women’s Writing Project: ‘Washing the Dust From Our Hearts’

By Suzanne Russell
By Suzanne Russell

AWWP maintains a high level of secrecy to protect its writers. The Internet café in Kabul that is used by many of the women is at an undisclosed location. All of the women write under pseudonyms and avoid including details in their work that could give away their identities. Some of the writing from the Internet workshops is not posted because it would put the writer in certain danger.

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Arts & Culture · Fine Art

The Tao of Friendship

By Suzanne Russell
By Suzanne Russell

An important part of our relationship has always been sharing ideas about art. As an artist and friend, Patty Hudak understood when I suddenly stopped making physical artwork in order to focus on giving free legal and social support to refugees in Denmark. She was one of the few people who understood that creating solutions to problems in individuals’ lives was similar to creating paintings or other art objects.

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Family & Friends

The Gift of Family

By Suzanne Russell
By Suzanne Russell

My family and I wanted to do something special for my father when he turned 80 years old. It was Isabel’s idea to adopt a bench in Central Park and dedicate it to Grandpa from all his grandchildren. My father has always used the park, and for years he and his wife have lived near the entrance at 72nd Street on the Upper East Side. They have walked several generations of dogs in the park.

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Family & Friends · Travel

Danish Christmas: A Festival of Lights

By Suzanne Russell
By Suzanne Russell

Danes are crazy about candles; they light tea candles everywhere to create the cozy atmosphere referred to as hygge. There are special Christmas tree candles to light the tree, and on St. Lucia's Day, the children dress in white and carry candles or wear wreaths of candles on their heads as they sing away the darkness.

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Arts & Culture · Fine Art

Lost and Found: What I Discovered at Summer School

By Suzanne Russell
By Suzanne Russell

Suzanne Russell is an artist, writer, and activist-lawyer who has been living in Copenhagen, Denmark, for the past 25 years. Over the years she's shared her passion for the arts with us via a mosaic of art reviews, interviews, and artist profiles. But, as is the case with many of us who choose to spend time taking care of others—family, community, colleagues—Suzanne tells us here that she came close to being disconnected from herself, until she found that self in summer school.

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Family & Friends · Marriage & Life Partners

Love in a Bottle

By Suzanne Russell
By Suzanne Russell

As she listened to her friends talk about love and exchange love stories, Linda Perkins was impressed again and again by the bravery it takes to fall in love. That’s when she decided to collect other people’s love stories, put each into a brightly decorated coconut water bottle, and launch the stories into the world.

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