Susan Greer Emmerson: Unraveling

March 3-28, 2021
Opening Reception: (following socially distanced guidelines) Friday, March 5, 2021, 5:00-8:00 pm
Kingston Conversation: Wednesday, March 17, 2021, 7:00-8:00 pm EST - Featuring Susan Greer Emmersion with Erin Becker and Norma Jean Calderwood >> Register here.

  • Susan Greer Emmerson

    Hireath 1, ink, charcoal and gouache on paper, 22 x 30 inches, 2020.

    Hireath 1
  • Susan Greer Emmerson

    Hireath 1 (detail), ink, charcoal and gouache on paper, 22 x 30 inches, 2020.

    Hireath 1
  • Susan Greer Emmerson

    Hireath 3, ink, charcoal and gouache on paper, 22 x 30 inches, 2020.

    Hireath 3
  • Susan Greer Emmerson

    Hireath 3 (detail), ink, charcoal and gouache on paper, 22 x 30 inches, 2020.

    Hireath 3
  • Susan Greer Emmerson

    Hireath 5 (detail), ink, charcoal and gouache on paper, 22 x 30 inches, 2020.

    Hireath 5 (detail)
  • Susan Greer Emmerson

    What Have We Lost? (detail), molded Tyvek, electric wire and foam core, approx. 8 x 10 x 6 feet, 2020.

    What Have We Lost? (detail)
  • Susan Greer Emmerson

    What Have We Lost? (detail), molded Tyvek, electric wire and foam core, approx. 8 x 10 x 6 feet, 2020.

    What Have We Lost? (detail)

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Press Release
Whitcomb, Robert. "Get out your flood insurance." New England Diary, January 14, 2021.
Sheehan, Daniel. "Dot artist explores themes of disruption in South End show." Dorchester Reporter, March 11, 2021.

Artist Statement

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

This past year has, for most of us, profoundly changed our relationship with physical space, especially the formerly safe space of home. Homes for some have become unbearably confining, for some uncertain or nonexistent and for others a desolate empty place to grieve. Natural and man-made disasters have destroyed others, leaving the inhabitants only sad scraps and distorted debris.

My work considers this emotional and physical devastation created by the loss of home. Home is where our most basic human needs - nourishment, rest and safety - are supposed to be met. When these are lost we are set adrift, grieving for security and permanence. This is "hiraeth," a Welch word for a profound homesickness for a home you can't return to, or that may have never existed.

Much of the horror evoked by natural and man-made disasters comes down to this basic need for safety. As our planet warms and the world seems less and less familiar we may all be left searching for that elusive home.



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