Susan Greer Emmerson
“All art is here to prove, and to help one bear, the fact that all safety is an illusion”
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.
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; thier bits and pieces become icons of the lost reassurance of a safe and intact home. For other work I cut and mold Tyvek and create installations recalling rising seas or raging fires, and I also make fantastical drawings of collapsing debris and destroyed homes; bad dreams of what will be in store for us as the earth warms.
For my recent body of work “Bundles” I am focusing on wrapping as a way of containing or repairing whatever has gone wrong, or perhaps covering something better left hidden. With this series I am interested in exploring contrasting textures and inspiring possible narratives about their juxtaposition.
As a seamstress and former surgeon, I enjoy the chance to cut and manipulate materials in making of my work. My art brings the human narrative and a subtle bit of humor to some serious subject matter.