Susan Emmerson

  • Susan Emmerson

    Gone Home/ Home Gone: Kitchen Table, acrylic on cut and molded Tyvek; mixed media and found objects, 35 x 38 x 5 inches, 2018.

    Gone Home/ Home Gone: Kitchen Table
  • Susan Emmerson

    For Sleep in the Storm, acrylic on cut and molded Tyvek; mixed media, 18 x 24 x 3 inches, 2016.

    For Sleep in the Storm
  • Susan Emmerson

    Gone Home/ Home Gone: Attic Bedroom, acrylic on cut and molded Tyvek; mixed media and found objects, 28 x 54 x 6 inches, 2018.

    Gone Home/ Home Gone: Attic Bedroom
  • Susan Emmerson

    Gone Home/ Home Gone: Back Stoop, acrylic on cut and molded Tyvek; mixed media and found objects, 51 x 30 x 6 inches, 2018.

    Gone Home/ Home Gone: Back Stoop
  • Susan Emmerson

    View from the Redline, acrylic and ink on cut and molded Tyvek, 38 x 24 x 6 inches, 2016.

    View from the Redline
  • Susan Emmerson

    Uprooted, ink, charcoal, and colored pencil, 30 x 22 inches, 2018.

    Uprooted
  • Susan Emmerson

    Evidence of Human Habitation, ink, charcoal, and colored pencil, 30 x 22 inches, 2018.

    Evidence of Human Habitation
  • Susan Emmerson

    Single Wide in Two Parts with Septic Tank, ink, charcoal, and colored pencil, 30 x 22 inches, 2018.

    Single Wide in Two Parts with Septic Tank
  • Susan Emmerson

    The Way We Drown, acrylic on cut and molded Tyvek objects suspended on monofilament, Installation approx. 14 ft. long, 2019.

    The Way We Drown

Artist Statement

For my most recent body of work my imagery is that of creating and destroying; of depicting the horrible violence that natural storms worsened by human mistakes can do to our structural environment and to our fellow humans. My wall sculptures depict disheveled, broken surfaces where Tyvek painfully peels away like paint or skin, exposing a raw inner core. Everyday objects become precious; their bits and pieces become signifiers of the lost reassurance of a safe and intact home. I manipulate Tyvek so that it jumps off the wall to become an object; its organic shapes echo waves, wind, and the contortions of the earth as visits another storm on its human inhabitants. As a former surgeon, I also have a collection of work focusing on the human body and its seemingly mysterious anatomy; a subject I find endlessly fascinating. All of my work exists in the space between image and object; between the picture and the palpable, between science and the human story.

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, and has four times been awarded residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, as well as residencies at the Torpedo Factory in Virginia and Virginia Center for Creative Arts. Originally from the Midwest where she practiced for nearly two decades as an ear, nose and throat surgeon, she received her BFA in Painting from Illinois State University and her MFA from Lesley University College of Art and Design in Boston. Her work is found in the permanent collections of the Grove Hall Public Library in Boston and the Bloomington-Normal Transportation Center and City Hall in Illinois. She is a member of the Kingston Gallery in Boston.

Exhibitions

Tears Along the Edge, January 2-February 2, 2020
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

Press

Tears Along the Edge Press Release, November 15, 2019
"Calling it quits: When leaving your job is the right thing to do." Sunday Morning, CBS, airdate: June 15, 2019.
Now That We Have Only This
Susan Emmerson Brings Biology to Art With Around a Thousand Tiny Corners

Contact

www.susanemmerson.com
sg.emmerson@gmail.com
instagram.com/sgemmerson



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