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Even though a native Marylander, I moved with my family several times as a child. I was already a shy child, and our moves deepened my reclusive nature. Often I'd entertain myself working on art projects or spending time outdoors and eventually, with horses. My life hasn't changed much.

 

My studio home is located in a 1930's riverside cottage.  During early renovations, I found newspapers printed in the 1933’s that had been used as wall insulation. I have always love old books and papers, all the better to find them in my own home. The pieces were for no particular reason in a box in the studio closet. Later, when I attempted to make paper kites that would have the same visual affect as appliqué kites, I tried to incorporate the papers in it. It didn't work and they fell apart. Eventually, I started to search on-line auctions for newspapers from 1933.

 

Working for a kite manufacturer has been a huge influence on me and my work. Getting

 

 

involved with kite making was a great experience which led me to learn about the history of kites in Japan which then led me to take Asian ink painting courses and a brief bit of research on the use of calligraphy in composition and the use of the chop. All of these influences led me to my technique.

 

In art school, when I was disinterested in my homework assignments, I'd enjoy making collages. At one point it was my goal to learn how to combine papers with my oil painting but it never happened. It seems only logical that now, years later, I would use papers the way I used to use oils. Now, however, my use of text has actually been influenced by the appreciation of poetry and seals to tell a story and to add balance. While that concept is used to create balance and sometimes has no contextual meaning, occasionally it will give a little glimpse into what is very much on my mind.

My work explores the relationship between the banal news of the past to the fast pace of current culture.  Through the purposeful placement of vintage ephemera into bucolic scenes made from many pieces of paper. These many pieces create a cool image that was inspired by the 72 dots of the moving images on our old televisions.

 

With influences as diverse as Edward Hopper, Joseph Cornell and Marshall McCluhan, new insights are crafted from both opaque and transparent layers.

 

I have always longed to be able to recreate a feeling of a place and moment not just an image of the scene. By creating cold media with layers of paper and dated information, what originally appears as a simple image, grows into a sense of place and feeling creating participation, giving a safe haven for thought and emotion.

As cool media becomes more prevalent and inescapable, the viewer is in need of a haven for quiet reflection more than ever. Something that engages, without diverting the viewer's participation to an outside agenda, will allow the viewer to be a participant with an image and even allow emotional exploration. Viewers need places for the mind to be diverted back to their own thoughts and questions. Time to recall past and present and thus, be ready for the future. While some art is intended to startle or offend, I create work that allows meandering thought which is where all the best ideas are found.

 

We have advanced technologically yet humans are very much the same. Newspaper ads from 19th and 20th centuries that seem equivalent to a snake oil salesman is no different than a banner ad promising one simple tip to get rid of belly fat.

Group Shows

2013 February. New Vision Show, Ratner Museum. Gaithersburg, Maryland.

2012 June. Muddy Creek Artist Guild Spring Show. Annapolis, Maryland.

2011 December. Muddy Creek Artist Guild Winter Show. Edgewater, Maryland.

2011 November. Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft. Louisville, Kentucky.

2010 October. Muddy Creek Artist Guild Fall Show. Lothian, Maryland.

2009 June. Muddy Creek Artist Guild Spring Show. Edgewater, Maryland.

2009 December. Muddy Creek Artist Guild Winter Show. Edgewater, Maryland.

2012 May-September.   Great Falls International Airport.

2004-2006 Lewis & Clarke Exhibition in Billings, MT Airport.

 

Juried Shows

2010 August. Bella Gallery. Edgewater, Maryland.

2010 May. Art & Soul Charity Benefit. Silver Spring, Maryland.

2010 April. Solo Show. Gallery 333. Annapolis, Maryland.

2008 June.  Delaplaine Visual Arts Center. Frederick, Maryland.

1993 March.  Anderson Gallery . Richmond, Virginia.

1991 October.  Richmond Arts Magazine.

1991 August. Maryland Federation of Art. Annapolis, Maryland.

 

News

2011 November. Edgewater Patch.com

2011 April. Edgewater Patch.com

2010 April. Bay Weekly

 

Education

1989-1993  Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts. Richmond, Virginia.

 B.F.A. Communication Arts and Design.

1988 Summer.  Schuler School of Fine Art. Baltimore, Maryland.

"Making fine art, to me, means drawing from the varied experiences I've had, and turning them into ideas. Then turning those ideas into an image."

~Susan Amanda Lennon