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Susan Harris-Demmet
updated: 12/10/2012
 
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Hope
Leaving II
Environment
Two Dead
Spine
The Environment
Separation
Building Cells
All Together
Fluid
Ancient Babies
Aftermath
Over Related
Steve and Me
Holding and Withholding
 
Portfolio Keywords:  biomorphic, collage, abstract, psychological
 
 
Hope by Susan Harris-Demmet
Hope
Oil Paint
11/2011
11" x  12" 
Leaving II by Susan Harris-Demmet
Leaving II
Oil Paint
12/2012
12" x  11" 
Environment by Susan Harris-Demmet
Environment
Oil Paint
10/2012
12" x  11" 
Two Dead by Susan Harris-Demmet
Two Dead
Watercolor on Watercolor Paper
July, 2006
30" x  22" 
Spine by Susan Harris-Demmet
Spine
Oil Paint
10/2010
12" x  11" 
The Environment by Susan Harris-Demmet
The Environment
Watercolor and India Ink on Watercolor Paper
September 2006
22" x  30" 
Separation by Susan Harris-Demmet
Separation
Lithograph with water color on printmaking paper
January 2009
10 3/8 " x  20 " 
Building Cells by Susan Harris-Demmet
Building Cells
Lithograph with Watercolor and Cut-outs on print making paper
February 2009
14.5 " x  13 " 
All Together by Susan Harris-Demmet
All Together
Watercolor on Watercolor Paper
February, 2006
22" x  29.5" 
Fluid by Susan Harris-Demmet
Fluid
Watercolor and Pencil on Watercolor Paper
September 2005
22" x  30" 
Ancient Babies by Susan Harris-Demmet
Ancient Babies
Pencil, watercolor and cut-outs on watercolor paper
November 2008
22 " x  29 3/4 " 
Aftermath by Susan Harris-Demmet
Aftermath
Pencil on Drawing Paper
November, 2005
22" x  30" 
Over Related by Susan Harris-Demmet
Over Related
Pencil on Tracing Paper
November, 2006
18.5" x  22" 
Steve and Me by Susan Harris-Demmet
Steve and Me
Watercolor on watercolor paper
April 2007
22 1/4 " x  30 " 
Holding and Withholding by Susan Harris-Demmet
Holding and Withholding
Watercolor on watercolor paper
August 2007
22 1/4 " x  30 " 

Artist Statement
The subject matter of my watercolor paintings, collages and pencil drawings is of prebirth and birth depicted in abstract and fantastical visuals. Wombs, hands, coiling cords and embryos reveal a psychobiography of my early life. Implied in my work is the presence of bodies with their references to generations past and present.

My paintings trace the emotional and physical connections between my siblings, parents and important relatives from both my adoptive and biological families. Inherent in my work are the universal feelings of abandonment, confusion, acceptance and renewal.

We are born into existence as innocent babies from a mother’s womb. Most babies stay with their biological parents, whereas others are sent to consanguine relations. As well a baby may be adopted or sent to foster care. The placement may be glorious or it may be wrong. The baby is blameless. How do these early events relate to our lives and how will our responses affect future generations?

I have been painting most of my life; it is a freeing and therapeutic process, which restores and heals me. I have been exploring these issues since graduating from NYU with a BFA in painting.

It is my wish that my work presents to the viewer a pathway to remember and to feel the quality of early life and that the viewer has the opportunity to reflect more deeply on his/her own beginning with all its implications and realities.

Artist Bio / CV

Education

1976-1978 New York University: New York, New York
Bachelor of Arts

1974-1976 Washington University: St.Louis, Missouri

Exhibitions

2012 Gallery 35

Artists from Murray Hill

2008 Smithtown Township Arts Council

Members Showcase

2007 Smithtown Township Arts Council

Juried Watercolor Exhibit

I work with oil paint,  mixed media, watercolor and pencil.
I am currently working on illness and ir's consequences.