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Susan Fraser-Hughes
updated: 11/27/2011
website: www.fraserhughes.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Portfolio Keywords:  architecture, landscape, historical, memory, repetition, process, site-specific
 
 
Head1 by Susan Fraser-Hughes
Head1
Charcoal on Mylar
2010
59" x  41" 
Head2 by Susan Fraser-Hughes
Head2
Charcoal on Mylar
2010
46" x  41" 
Head3 by Susan Fraser-Hughes
Head3
Charcoal on Mylar
2010
53" x  40" 
Head4 by Susan Fraser-Hughes
Head4
Charcoal on Mylar
2010
049" x  41" 
Head5 by Susan Fraser-Hughes
Head5
Charcoal on Mylar
2010
56" x  40" 
Head6 by Susan Fraser-Hughes
Head6
Charcoal on Mylar
2010
61" x  40" 
Head8 by Susan Fraser-Hughes
Head8
Charcoal on Mylar
2010
49 " x  40 " 
Head9 by Susan Fraser-Hughes
Head9
Charcoal on Mylar
2010
46" x  41" 
Head10 by Susan Fraser-Hughes
Head10
Charcoal on Mylar
2010
50" x  40" 
Head11 by Susan Fraser-Hughes
Head11
Charcoal on Mylar
2010
56" x  40" 
Head12 by Susan Fraser-Hughes
Head12
Charcoal on Mylar
2010
47" x  40" 
Heads Installed1 by Susan Fraser-Hughes
Heads Installed1
Charcoal on Mylar
2010
Dimensions variable
Heads Installed2 by Susan Fraser-Hughes
Heads Installed2
Charcoal on Mylar
2010
Dimensions variable

Artist Statement

I am drawn by the absent presence of people in historical architecture, the transient accumulation of their marks, visible or not, that become part of a place’s history. While all historic sites interest me on some level, few allow me to access their sense of place, to move beyond their visual periphery. When I do connect, I connect through visual portals; access points that allow me to enter, and then, reenter on a repetitive basis. At the Bishop’s Palace at St David’s in Wales, my access points were through a series of corbels hanging high upon the Palace walls. The corbels, some depicting animals, but most depicting humans faces, are all in varying degrees of deterioration.

The location of the corbels is probably what saved them from the Parliamentary soldiers who ransacked the Palace in 1678. At this time, much of the Palace’s decorative features were either removed or destroying. Only the corbels stand testament to what once would have been, quite a splendid structure. They have seen, heard and experienced many things, and they have stories to tell. They certainly were telling me their stories.

“Heads-Series 1”, began as a visual study of the corbels and the emotions they portrayed. They became, a series of self-portraits. They explore some raw and very personal thoughts and experiences. Whether I recognized in the corbels my own emotions, or whether the emotions expressed by the corbels triggered an acknowledgment of emotions within myself, I am not completely sure. The most feasible explanation is that they are exploring emotions on two levels, my personal subconscious, that which is operating beneath my consciousness and tapping into my personal reservoir of experiences, and the collective unconscious, the archival experiences we inherit more so than personally experience.

Artist Bio / CV

Education

Aberystwyth University, Wales, United Kingdom, PhD in Fine Arts, 2009 -

The University of Calgary, Calgary Alberta, Master of Fine Arts, 2002

Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary Alberta            , Bachelor of Fine Arts with distinction, 2000

Publicity

The Calgary Herald, Jane Harrison, Life at Home, 2006

A-Channel, Michelle MacDougal            News            2005

University of Calgary Gazette, Lindsey Oosenbrug, April Edition, 2002

Calgary Gallery Guide, Monique Westra, Summer Edition, 2000

Publication

London International Creative Competition (LICC) Art Book, 2011

Collections

Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Alberta, 2004

Solo Exhibitions

Heads, Little Gallery, Calgary Alberta, 2011

Lands Formed, Virginia Christopher, Calgary Alberta, 2008

Transition, Mezzanine Gallery, Calgary Alberta, 2006

Juxtaposition, Trianon Gallery, Calgary Alberta, 2005

Momentum, Little Gallery, Calgary Alberta, 2002

Exordium, Little Gallery Marion Nicholl Plus 15, Calgary Alberta, 2000

 

Group Exhibitions

Art-O-Rama, Triangle GalleryCalgary Alberta, 2010

Art-O-Rama, Triangle Gallery, Calgary Alberta, 2008

Art at the Castle, Casa Loma, Toronto, Ontario, 2008

Faculty Exhibition, Nickle Arts Gallery, Calgary Alberta, 2007

Three Definitions of the Sublime, Triangle Gallery, Calgary Alberta, 2007

The 27 Year Old Show, Virginia Christopher, Calgary Alberta2006

Studio and Christmas Art Show, Triangle Gallery, Calgary Alberta, 2006

New Work, New Artists, Virginia Christopher, Calgary Alberta, 2006

Making a Mark, Winter Street Studios, Houston, Texas, 2006

Faculty Exhibition, Nickle Arts Gallery, Calgary Alberta, 2005

The Studio, Triangle Gallery, Calgary Alberta, 2005

New York Arts Festival, Spirit Club,            New York, NY, 2005

The Studio, Triangle Gallery, Calgary Alberta, 2004

Link (MFA Show), Nickle Arts Gallery, Calgary Alberta, 2002

Graduating Show, BFA, Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Calgary Alberta, 2000

Gallery Representation

Virginia Christopher Fine Art, Calgary Alberta, www.virginiachristopherfineart.com