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Susan Stacks
updated: 01/31/2013
website: susanstacks.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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During the Brumal Period I Count to Myself
A Cold Wind Blows
Emotional Alchemy
Emotional Alchemy (detail)
installation view Fossus
Renovations to Keep the Ghosts at Bay
Renovations to Keep the Ghosts at Bay (detail)
To the Point of Exhaustion
To the Point of Exhaustion (detail)
Lost to Every Joy, She Wastes the Day
Lost to Every Joy, She Wastes the Day (detail)
Callous is a Compromise
Callous is a Compromise (detail)
Pulled Crust
Broken Black Hole Basket
 
Portfolio Keywords:  abstract, biomorphic, gestural, mapping, meditative, obsessive, repetition, process, pattern, psychological
 
 
During the Brumal Period I Count to Myself by Susan Stacks
During the Brumal Period I Count to Myself
ink and pencil
2013
27.5" x  39.25" 
A Cold Wind Blows by Susan Stacks
A Cold Wind Blows
ink and pencil
2012
20.5" x  20.5" 
Emotional Alchemy by Susan Stacks
Emotional Alchemy
ink on paper
2010
72 " x  96 " 
Emotional Alchemy (detail) by Susan Stacks
Emotional Alchemy (detail)
ink on paper
2010
Dimensions variable
installation view Fossus by Susan Stacks
installation view Fossus
installation
2011
Dimensions variable
Renovations to Keep the Ghosts at Bay by Susan Stacks
Renovations to Keep the Ghosts at Bay
ink on paper
2010
72" x  96" 
Renovations to Keep the Ghosts at Bay (detail) by Susan Stacks
Renovations to Keep the Ghosts at Bay (detail)
ink on paper
2010
Dimensions variable
To the Point of Exhaustion by Susan Stacks
To the Point of Exhaustion
ink on paper
2011
72" x  96" 
To the Point of Exhaustion (detail) by Susan Stacks
To the Point of Exhaustion (detail)
ink on paper
2011
Dimensions variable
Lost to Every Joy, She Wastes the Day by Susan Stacks
Lost to Every Joy, She Wastes the Day
ink on paper
2011
72" x  96" 
Lost to Every Joy, She Wastes the Day (detail) by Susan Stacks
Lost to Every Joy, She Wastes the Day (detail)
ink on paper
2011
Dimensions variable
Callous is a Compromise by Susan Stacks
Callous is a Compromise
graphite on paper
2011
40" x  26" 
Callous is a Compromise (detail) by Susan Stacks
Callous is a Compromise (detail)
graphite on paper
2011
Dimensions variable
Pulled Crust by Susan Stacks
Pulled Crust
pen on paper
2012
6" x  9" 
Broken Black Hole Basket by Susan Stacks
Broken Black Hole Basket
pen on paper
2012
5" x  5" 

Artist Statement

My process allows forms to grow. It begins with the unconsciousness of a doodle, but is executed with the commitment of a surgery. Pieces give distraction and grounds for rumination, ultimately becoming artifacts of a meditative experience. Drawing provides a surrogate landscape where I can work through problems, or hide from them. In each landscape are characters, forces within the mind and body that harm, confuse, and surprise. These characters’ actions are primarily passive. They patiently wait and pay close attention, trusting instinct to pull them towards the answers imbedded within repeated routines and memories.  The methods used to further each piece change with mutations in the DNA of the work. A twist becomes a tug, a dash a dot. Evolution within the work reflects the climate of its creation. Influences as varied as novels, mythological figures, plant and bacterial life, rock stars, vending machines, and the X-Men nudge my simple visual vocabulary into adaptations of form. These forms are emotional maps, parasites, friends, and penance.

Making and using these forms is a way to locate the self. It satisfies my inner Cassandra’s need to see and communicate abstrusely. I empty confused thoughts into these spaces and watch as woes are restructured into peaceful forms. They contain, neutralize, and distribute potentially piercing injuries, influences, and ambitions. Left behind is a record of this containment, a molted layer, preserving the past and suggesting the future. Visually my forms recall myriapods, prison hatch marks and desolate landscapes. They are the exoskeletons of mandalas, pointing towards the fleeing flesh and spirit.

Artist Bio / CV

Susan Stacks

susanstacks@gmail.com

www.susanstacks.com

 

Education

 

2011 M.F.A. School of Art & Design, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Michigan

 

2008 B.F.A. Sculpture, Art & Visual Technology, George Mason University Fairfax, Virginia

 

Exhibitions

 

2012

 

“The Pleasures Here Are Well Known” John James Anderson and Susan Stacks Adah Rose Gallery, Kensington, MD

 

2011

 

Perspectives on Pain Work: Detroit, University of Michigan, Detroit, MI

Curators: Adrianne Finelli, Dan F. Friedlaender

 

Fossus, MFA Thesis Exhibition Slusser Gallery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

 

2010

 

Disruptive Stillness Slusser Gallery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Curators: John Kannenberg, Meghan Reynard

 

Ninth Annual All-Student Exhibition University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

 

2009

 

Eighth Annual All-Student Exhibition University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

 

Made INTERnationally Slusser Gallery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

 

In Order of Appearance Warren Robbins Gallery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

 

2008

 

Seventh Annual All-Student Exhibition University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

 

Juncture Juried Exhibition, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

 

Sculpture Exchange: George Mason University, James Madison University, James Madison University

 

2007

 

Art Garage Show at the Hosiery, The Hosiery, Washington D.C.

Curator: Ellen Haapala

 

Evidence of Fancy: A Senior Thesis Exhibition George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

 

PMS: Parris – Murray – Stacks GMU, Fairfax, VA

 

Juncture George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

Juror: Victoria Reis, Transformer Gallery, Washington, DC

 

2006

 

Juncture Juried Exhibition, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

Juror: Nancy Sausser, Exhibitions Director, McLean Project for the Arts, McLean, VA

 

2005

Sub-Station Juried Exhibition, Baltimore, MD

Juror: Kendall Buster, Artist and Professor of Sculpture, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA