Susan Emmerson: Tears Along the Edge

January 2-February 2, 2020
Opening Reception: Friday, January 3, 2020, 5:00-8:00 pm
Special Event: Open Mic Poetry Night with Lewis M., Friday, January 10, 2020, 7:00-9:00 pm

  • Susan Emmerson

    Tears Along the Edge, Acrylic on cut and molded Tyvek, installation approx. 8 x 10 feet, 2019.

    Tears Along the Edge
  • Susan Emmerson

    Tears Along the Edge (molded Tyvek before cutting), Acrylic on cut and molded Tyvek, installation approx. 8 x 10 feet, 2019.

    Tears Along the Edge (molded Tyvek before cutting)
  • Susan Emmerson

    Tears Along the Edge (molded Tyvek before cutting), Acrylic on cut and molded Tyvek, installation approx. 8 x 10 feet, 2019.

    Tears Along the Edge (molded Tyvek before cutting)
  • Susan Emmerson

    Tears Along the Edge (detail - molded Tyvek object), Acrylic on cut and molded Tyvek, installation approx. 8 x 10 feet, each piece approx. 8 x 4 x 3 feet, 2019.

    Tears Along the Edge (detail - molded Tyvek object)
  • Susan Emmerson

    Tears Along the Edge (detail - molded Tyvek object), Acrylic on cut and molded Tyvek, installation approx. 8 x 10 feet, each piece approx. 8 x 4 x 3 feet, 2019.

    Tears Along the Edge (detail - molded Tyvek object)
  • Susan Emmerson

    Hundreds Still Missing (detail), Acrylic on cut and molded Tyvek, 8 x 60 x 8 inches, 2019.

    Hundreds Still Missing (detail)

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Press Release
"Walker and Emmerson On View." Kingston Blog, January 2, 2020.

Artist Statement

"All art is here to prove, and to help one bear, the fact that all safety is an illusion" —James Baldwin

I make art about natural disasters: meditations on the loss of home and community and our changing climate. Experimenting with materials is central to my practice as I use Tyvek (a plastic paper) to create sculptural wall collages, drawings and paintings.

For this show I have taken Tyvek and created multiple small, seemingly gutted skeletal objects emptied of all but a glimpse of color within. I installed them to create the tracing of a coastline, ravaged and torn. The shape recalls the area of Florida over which Hurricane Michael made landfall in 2018; in its wake leaving shoreline communities devastated, thousands of homes destroyed and taking scores of lives.

On the opposite wall, a piece made with black Tyvek recalls the total devastation of the California wildfires, where the debris is barely identifiable; the fire transforming homes and cherished possessions into toxic liquified sludge. Its seeming fragility belies the forces it represents.



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