Susanna Crum was born in Louisville, Kentucky, and currently lives and works in New Albany, IN. She received an MFA in Printmaking from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA in 2012, and a BFA from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY in 2008. Susanna’s work has recently been featured in exhibitions at the Louisville Visual Art Association’s gallery Public, Louisville, KY (2013); ABW Gallery, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA (2012); Benedictine University, Lisle, IL (2011); Liu Haisu Art Museum, Shanghai, China (2011); and the Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO (2011). The inaugural recipient of the M.A. Hadley Prize for Visual Arts (2013), Susanna is drawn to printmaking as a foundation for the creation and growth of artistic community. In the fall of 2013, Susanna and a fellow printmaker, Rudy Salgado Jr, will start Louisville’s first fine art print studio, Calliope Arts, which will provide opportunities for the community to learn printmaking processes, rent access to printmaking equipment, participate in collaborative projects, and collect original prints from national, regional, and local artists.
Susanna Crum uses print media, photography, sculpture, interviews, sound, and video as tools to investigate, interpret, and record the layers of history stored within specific sites. Her work often combines digital media and antique image-making techniques, such as cyanotype, photolithography, and photogravure. For the 2013 Louisville Photo Biennial, Susanna will present works on paper that utilize these historical photographic processes and serve as artifacts of a range of related research projects.
“After graduating from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, the acclaimed author Flannery O’Connor translated her experience of Iowa City’s municipal park into fiction in her first novel, Wise Blood. In this novel, Enoch Emery, a park-haunting voyeur, mirrors O’Connor’s own investigations of the site. Using Enoch as my guide, I created cyanotype maps, photolithographs, and a video, which present a reinterpretation of seemingly disparate layers of fact and fiction.
In each of my projects, I use a set of customized interpretive devices, which integrate antique and digital technologies. For the works in Fight or Flight, I created still and moving images with a compact video camera inside a handmade camera obscura, an embodied camera that represents both an early metaphor for the human eye and a 19th century symbol of voyeurism. Similarly, photolithographs and cyanotype blueprints function as artifacts of my research and engage historic photographic techniques. Fight or Flight will also feature an explanation of the processes of making cyanotypes and photolithographs, as well as the camera obscura that generated so many images in the exhibition.”
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