Approved: 16.08.2006

Susan Adams

Artist, Lecturer / academic

Approved: 16.08.2006

I use a range of media including painting, printmaking, sculpture and video. I am interested in exploring the relationship between fantasy and the real and the locations in which these two worlds collide. I am drawn to effigies of the living, uncanny, half-alive objects such as puppets, automata, figures that were made with a specific purpose in mind such as to embody religious beliefs. Being in the

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  • Location: Brecon, Wales
  • Activities: Higher education, Lecturing, Practice-based research, Residencies, Workshops
  • Categories: Drawing, Film & Video, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture
 

Biography

I use a range of media including painting, printmaking, sculpture and video. I am interested in exploring the relationship between fantasy and the real and the locations in which these two worlds collide. I am drawn to effigies of the living, uncanny, half-alive objects such as puppets, automata, figures that were made with a specific purpose in mind such as to embody religious beliefs. Being in the presence of something borderline raises questions as to the nature and perception of reality and the nearness of death or absence of reality and possible insanity. Another strand in the work is an exploration of attentive watchfulness for meaning, hermit-like craving for signs. I have long been fascinated by the texts of riddles or questions that have no answers. In recent work the locations in which the organic and the mechanical find an uneasy relationship has been satellite dishes and telecommunications masts. They seem alert to the giving and receiving of information in the air, looking for meaning that has gone astray.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 2005 - PGCE Post Compulsory Education, Cardiff University, Wales 1998 - Electronic Art MA, Middlesex University, London 1990 - Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art, Painting, Slade School of Art, University College London 1986 - BA Hons Degree Fine Art, Painting, Norwich School of Art, Norfolk 1985 - Foundation Course in Art and Design, Maidstone College of Art, Kent Solo exhibitions 2011 - There are Receivers in the Woods, MOMA Wales, Machynlleth 2009 - They leak through me, Hearing Voices International Congress, Maastricht 2009 - They leak through me, Oriel Myrddin, Carmarthen 2003 - Fragments of St Iwa, Shaftesbury Abbey, Dorset 2003 - Waiting for Something, Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno and Ruthin Craft Centre 2002 - Nestlings, Plas Newydd, Llangollen 2002 - Reflections of Holiness, St Mary Woolnoth Church, London EC3 1997 - Breath of Walls, Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester 1997 - Proposals for Saints, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery Swansea, The Eich Gallery Hull, Gloucester Museum and Art Gallery Gloucester 1995 - Theatre of Love, Y Bont Gallery, University of Glamorgan Group exhibitions 2011 - Artemis, St Davids Hall, Cardiff 2011 - Import/Export, Swansea Printworkshop & Edinburgh Printmakers, Swansea, Edinburgh 2011 - Mostyn Open, Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno 2010 - Eisteddfod , Visual Arts Exhibition, South Wales 2010 - Print Biennale, St Davids Hall, Cardiff 2007 - Parc Life, Penpont, Brecon 2003 - A tale told by an Idiot, Y Tabernacl and Theatre Clwyd, Machynlleth and Mold 2003 - Women in the Directors Chair international film and video festival, Chicago, USA 2002 - Artists in Residence at Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester 2001 - Eisteddfod Art Exhibition, Denbigh 2001 - Something Funny in the Woodshed (curator & exhibitor), Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Howard Gardens Gallery Cardiff 2001 - Wales: Unauthorised Versions, The House of Croatian Artists, Zagreb 1999 - Housing and Homelessness, Candid Gallery, London 1997 - The Print Fair (in affiliation with Pratt Contemporary Art), The Armory, New York City 1996 - The London Original Print Fair (in affiliation with Pratt Contemporary Art), Royal Academy of Art, London 1994 - SAGA, FIAC Edition (in affiliation with Pratt Contemporary Art), Paris 1994 - The Contemporary Print Show part 2 (in affiliation with Pratt Contemporary Art), Concourse Gallery, Barbican, London 1993 - Group Show, Flowers Graphics, London 1993 - Radhusgalleriet (in affiliation with Pratt Contemporary Art), Ystd, Sweden 1992 - 3rd print Biennale of Amadora, Portugal 1992 - Artists' Choice, Flowers East, London 1991 - A View of the New, Royal Overseas League, London Workshops 2011 - Workshop Leader in Drawing and Printmaking, Sky Arts, Hay Festival 2011 - Workshop Leader, Intaglio Printmaking, Arts Alive, Crickhowell 2002 - Workshop Leader, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Ceredigion 2001 - Workshop Leader, Ruthin Craft Centre, Denbighshire Residencies 2007 - "Good Ideas" Artist in Residency, Safle, Working with Voice-hearers in Wales 2006 - Artist in Residence, Benenden School, Kent, Fine Art Department 2003 - Artist in Residence, Shaftesbury Abbey, Dorset 2002 - Artist in Residence, Cywaith Cymru, Plas Newydd, Llangollen 2002 - Artist in Residence, Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno 2002 - Artist in Residence, Oriel Mostyn, Cywaith Cymru, Bardsey Island - Ynys Enlli 2002 - Artist in Residence, Welsh National Opera, Cardiff and South Wales Schools 2001 - Artist in Residence, Millay Colony for the Arts, New York 1996 - Artist in Residence, Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester and Cheltenham 1994 - Artist in Residence, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Aspen, Colorado 1994 - Artist in Residence, ArtsAcre, Calcutta, India 1992 - Fine Art Fellow in Painting, Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education, Pittville, Cheltenham Site specific 2011 - Frederick J Fredericks, Powys Arts Month Event, Craig Y Cilau National Nature Reserve