Monday, March 30, 2009

Artist Highlight: Susan Brandt

Meet the Artist: Susan Brandt, in her own words...
"I Am Not Afraid (Title of this work)
Sometimes recovery is one day at a time, like this piece is one letter at a time. Hours spent finding letters, cutting them out, pasting them on would not let me forget Louisa May Alcott’s words 'I am not afraid of storms for I am learning to sail my ship.' "
Susan Brandt graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan, School of Art where she received the Richards Award for fiber art. Now Susan works in a variety of media, acrylic paint, cut paper and fiber (cross stitch, tapestry weaving, knitting). A theme of much of her work is dehumanization - of herself, of groups to which she belongs (woman, mother, Muslim), of other minority or marginalized people. Her work is often an effort to assert her own personhood, to promote understanding of people’s feelings, to explore the societal consequences of denying the humanity of the people around us.

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