Susan Emmerson

  • Susan Emmerson

    Sensory Afferent, cut and molded Tyvek, 24 x 51 inches, 2016.

    Sensory Afferent
  • Susan Emmerson

    Bar Code, acrylic on cut and molded Tyvek; mixed media, 46 x 13.5 x 3 inches, 2016.

    Bar Code
  • Susan Emmerson

    Visible Absence, acrylic on cut Tyvek, 48 x 51 inches, 2015.

    Visible Absence
  • Susan Emmerson

    Flesh and Bone, acrylic and ink on cut and molded Tyvek, mixed media, 34 x 48 inches, 2015.

    Flesh and Bone
  • Susan Emmerson

    Knowledge is Only a Rumor Until It Lives in the Muscle, acrylic on cut and molded Tyvek, 38 x 78 inches, 2015.

    Knowledge is Only a Rumor Until It Lives in the Muscle

Artist Statement

I see my work as an exploration of the picture plane; that surface between wall and the envi-ronment; that surface between the panel and the viewe r.My drawings and paintings rise off the wall into three dimensions, forming shadows and caverns which in turn incorporate themselves into the art.

Using surfaces of Tyvek, paper and canvas, I delve below them and expand them outward by heating, sanding, cutting, gluing and plastering their surfaces and incorporating the structure with the imagery.

As a surgeon penetrates the skin, a barrier between what is human and what is not, I cut, sand, burn and burrow beneath the surface of the paper to expose its curiosities.

My work recalls cells and microorganisms, body cavities and organs, and bits and pieces of the natural environment. The marks, strokes, and added materials reflect complex rhythms, incon-gruities, and the relationships of evolving imaginary organic forms.

Artist Bio

Susan Greer Emmerson has exhibited extensively throughout the Midwest and Boston area. She also has performed duties as a juror and a co-curator, has twice been awarded residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, as well as a residency at the Torpedo Factory in Virginia.

Originally from the Midwest, where she practiced for nearly two decades as an ear, nose and throat surgeon, she received her BFA from Illinois State University and her MFA from Lesley University College of Art and Design in Boston. Her work appears in the permanent collections of the Grove Hall Public Library in Boston and the Bloomington-Normal Transportation Center and City Hall in Illinois.


Now That We Have Only This, May 2-27, 2018
No Other Here, May 31-June 25, 2017
Relay, January 4-29, 2017
Free Association 2015: Kingston Associates' Annual Exhibition, August 5-30, 2015
Around a Thousand Tiny Corners, April 29-May 31, 2015
Kingston Associates Annual Exhibition: Free Association: 2014, July 30 - August 29, 2014


"The Environment and Landscape: Two Views." Kingston Blog, May 16, 2018.
Now That We Have Only This
Susan Emmerson Brings Biology to Art With Around a Thousand Tiny Corners


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