Susan F. Carr


Artist Statement

I make art to find, and to create meaning in my life. The life we all lead, you know the one it is filled up with dirty dishes, early mornings, responsibilities, dogs, cats, lovers, mountaintops galaxies, children, political strife, and playdates. By adding my voice to a tradition and heritage I feel as though I have connected to something greater than myself. I am just a drop in the cosmic bucket but by making my work I feel a sense of the infinite. My work is a metamorphosis of the everyday into something grander and in my estimation, worthy. I have done art with my children in mind for many years as it is something to give them from my own hands, something that may last and create meaning for them. I do it now for no one, everyone and mostly myself as this approach seems to work. My art is a bit alien and unpredictable lately and I like it that way. I enjoy being surprised and finding new paths for making. I consider painting and drawing many things. When I am painting I am running a marathon while playing violin, when I am drawing, I am dancing on top of a pin. Abstraction to me is exacting as it comes from my inner self, it is nostalgic, sad, yearning, curious and wild at times. Painting takes all of this feeling and siphons it down into the work. I have always been an abstractionist as it has suited my character. But now I am introducing lines, cones, triangles and assorted planes as it feels comfortable and right to do so within the abstracted space. I am also spreading out in terms of sculptural elements within the work as this seems to be the next step as well. I have come to the conclusion that a painting is more than pigment on a square space. With all of history behind me one wonders now more than ever what is painting? I have always contended that art and science are the same journey seen from two different perspectives. I think Leonardo Da Vinci would agree, he was my very first teacher. I had one art book as a child and it was a medium sized book of his of colored plates. I remember putting tracing paper over the plates and tracing out “Lady with Ermine” my favorite, and pouring over “Vitruvian man”. I was a curious child and art informed my early life. I am an older artist now but no less curious and the idea of something greater to achieve for us socially, culturally, and individually begin with the arts. Art informs society it builds culture, it helps us to believe there is something more. I like to think sometimes I am writing the viewer a secret poem when I am painting maybe it’s about love, maybe about desire, a poem so thick its meaning has been lost and all that is left is a gesture but that gesture is immediately recognizable because it is made by a human hand.


The School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston/Tufts, Radcliffe MFA 2003

The School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston Fifth year winner 1995

The School of the Museum of fine Arts Boston/Tufts University 1994

Selected Exhibitions


Blue Mountain Gallery small works show, New York

184 Project Space, Brooklyn, NY

Post Road Magazine Spring Issue

Family Ties 3, Dallas, TX

Kimball Jenkins Estate and School of Art, Concord, NH

The Institute Library, New Haven, CT


The Painting Center NYC

Second Family LES NYC

Danforth Museum Annual Juried Exhibition

Muzzle Magazine


Folio Oak Literary Magazine


Scope New York with Giampietro Gallery “Paint” contemporary abstraction show Cape Cod Community College