An experimental photographer, Susannah's photographs reveal the essential interconnectedness of all systems in our universe - from the smallest leaf to the cosmos itself. Hays pursues repeating patterns, she follows the echoes of the organic within the inorganic, she sees shadow within form and form within shadow. She steps quietly in the footsteps of Henry Fox Talbot and other early pioneers of photographic image-making, looking for clues that connect a photographer with the essence of the medium and the motivation that lies deep within the impulse to photograph. Sensitive to both the language of photography and visual signifiers within her immediate surroundings her work is placed in the midst of a dynamic and imaginative exchange with our In/visible Cosmos.
Artist Bio / CV
Susannah Hays received her MFA in photography from the San Francisco Art Institute and MA from the College of Environmental Design at UC Berkeley, where she was awarded the Eisner Prize for Photography in 2001. Faculty Lecturer at San Francisco Art Institute, Susannah’s teaching focuses on Materials & Methodology, Alternative & Historic Photographic Processes, Photo History and Artists’ Books. Her theory/discipline courses: Embodied Camera and Topologies, examine how the medium of photography functions to reconcile two disparate realities original to man: the force of mechanical apparatus and the shaping of in-formed, formless matter into authentic visionary representations. Represented by Photo-Eye Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico, her work can be found in notable collections, including the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Stanford University Green Library, New York Public Library, Spencer Collection, Mills College Heller Rare Book Room, and Yale University Art Gallery.