Susan Perkins’ work is as much about contemplation as it is craftsmanship. Her art is clean and simply presented. It speaks loudly in a nuanced way. Perkins clears a path for the viewer to respond from their own context. She starts the artwork yet the audience continues or completes it. Perkins feels that the artwork is the backdrop for a meaningful conversation.
Her current practice incorporates paper and fiber weavings or impressions of weavings to communicate the interconnectedness of people and place. She is inspired by the grid image, which represents the collected energy field we all live within. She believes we are interlinked; if one is affected, we are all affected. Perkins believes our greatest strength comes from our connection to one another. Moreover, she believes we need to be the safety net for one another as a society.
The grid image resonates with Perkins as she was once surrounded by on-going construction of buildings. Noting the constructions grids, Perkins contemplated what type of society we are building. She began to create weavings that emulated the fabric of the architecture rising up. Many of her works are based on the grid: a simple yet complex form.
Susan Perkins divides her time between Charleston, South Carolina and Dallas, Texas. Beginning her professional life in the field of journalism, her creativity blossomed through training in visual & applied arts. After years working in oil landscapes from the natural world, the earlier method of investigation & storytelling made way for engagement in the life of the spirit. Through simplicity and vulnerability a conversation begins.