Susan Webster ( Deer Isle, ME) has exhibited at Center for Maine Contemporary Art, ME; George Marshall Gallery, ME; June Fitzpatrick Gallery, ME; Elizabeth A. Beland Gallery, MA; Tyler School of Art and University of the Arts, PA; University of Maine, ME; Ethel H. Blum Gallery, ME as well as other gallery venues.
She has received fellowships from the Women's Studio Workshop, NY, has been a visiting artist at the University of the Arts Borowsky Center, PA and the College of Atlantic, ME. She has also been a recipient of the Fairfield and Elliot Porter family's Great Spruce Head Island scholarship retreat. Her work is in the permanent collection of the University of Maine, Orono and Department of State Collections, Washington, DC.
Susan has taught workshops at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, ME; Penland School of Crafts, NC; Center for Contemporary Printmaking, CT; Oregon College of Art and Craft, OR; Manhattan Graphics Center, NY; as well as other educational settings. She is a Maine native and received her BA in Art with Honors from the University of Maine, Orono.
I work with a variety of materials and processes to create drawings, prints, collages, and mixed media pieces.
Process is fundamental to the way I work. I might have a specific idea for a piece, but it isn't until I handle the materials and allow the process to guide me, that I know how the work will proceed. I am exploring ways that materials, processes, and scale work together.
While remaining deeply connected to the landscape and the rhythms of the natural world, I am also investigating themes of time, place, and memory.
I think a lot about the ways that people, things, and ideas might be, or might become, connected or associated with one another.
For me, there are connections that begin before birth and extend beyond this life.
Art critic and writer Carl Little has written, "Webster's awareness of the preciousness of time on earth heightens both her personal sense of existence and the art she creates. Even as she acknowledges a 'certain darkness, mystery, the unknown', she celebrates life"
Art critic Philip Isaacson wrote that her prints, "...have the formal complexity and, often, the chromatic depth of oriental rugs. There is invention, verve, gorgeous color and continuous freshness....