ARTIST STATEMENT My sustained interest in water compels me to create visual perceptions of water and water ecology. I cut, fold, stretch and tie paper, Mylar, tape and plastic to express ecological issues ranging from the dramatic ecosystem breakdown in the Great Lakes, to the modest, almost overlooked ecological problems in Papillion Creek in Eastern Nebraska.
1. Breakout II, uses layered, overlapping, cut Mylar, and acrylic ink, to celebrate water’s ability to replenish itself. It ultimately finds its own path regardless of human impositions and restrictions. The 2008 piece is thirteen by nine feet.
2. Chaos Flow, cut and folded paper, suspended over an acrylic tube, refers to a researcher’s theory that the almost microscopic Spiny Tail Water Flea is destroying Lake Michigan’s food web. Seventy-eight by forty-eight inches, it was cut in 2008.
3. Water Lines II, cut paper over cut Mylar with acrylic ink, makes visible multiple, complicated, webs of ecological connection under water’s surface. It measures forty-six by eighty-six inches and was created in 2008.
+++ BIOGRAPHY Susan Knight, an Omaha, Nebraska-based painter and paper artist, was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She has exhibited widely on a regional, national, and international basis.
Susan studied at the University of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana, from which she received a BFA in art. She also studied at The Glassell School of Art, Houston, Texas, and The School of the Art Institute, Chicago, Illinois.
She was awarded residencies at Ragdale, Lake Forest, Illinois, and at the International School of Art, Montecastello di Vibio, Italy.