Friday, March 13, 2009
Susan Knight / Other Voice on Green
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.
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.
In 2004 she traveled to the People’s Republic of China to present
her art at colleges and universities in Beijing, Xian and Shanghai
with other US artists including Flo Oy Wong and Roger Shimomura.
In 2008 she returned to China to present her work in Kunming and
For information on Susan Knight, click on her web site
listed on this blog on the right, under "Other Voices on Green"
All 3 images © Susan Knight