About the Artist
Born in Kent, Susan Adams now works at her studio near Brecon and teaches on the Fine Art Degree programme at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Her practice embraces various media including painting, print, polychromed wood-carving and video.
After studying Painting at Norwich School of Art and the Slade Susan became Fine Art Fellow at Cheltenham College of Art. She then worked as Artist in Residence in India, the USA and the UK including at ArtsAcre Calcutta, Millay Colony New York, Welsh National Opera, Ynys Enlli (Bardsey Island), Oriel Mostyn and Shaftesbury Abbey. She was also selected to become the first Artist in Residence at Gloucester Cathedral.
Drawn to the uncanny, Susan is engaged with expressing a sense of narrative through art, making use of folk art, literature, film and children’s book illustration. She is interested in the exchange between the solid real, belief and the imaginary. An exploration of medieval sainthood led on to a collaborative project with contemporary voice-hearers in Wales.
Susan Adams has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally, recent venues in Wales include Oriel Mostyn, Oriel Mwldan, Attic Cardiff, MoMA Wales; as well as venues in London, Paris, Maastricht and Zagreb.
Go! Be a Bird!
Susan will use the Creative Wales Award to loosen her control of the narrative in her art by engaging in a period of in-depth open-ended research, allowing free-flow narratives to emerge whose meanings are less clear to her.
She will begin by working collaboratively, opening creative dialogues with writers including Jo Mazelis and Lesley Saunders through conversations based on text and drawings. The initial dialogues with writers will coincide with an intense period of time expanding on the idea of drawing as a voice of the unconscious mind, the part of the mind that loves story and the ludic, possessing crescive powers wherein one image pushes forth the seed of the next.
The next stage will be to develop the collaborative process to a wider context of media, in which Susan will explore new technologies and consolidate her practice. She will bring together media in innovative combinations such as sound recordings of the vocalization of text with wall-drawing, projected animation with kinetic art.She will go and meet international artists engaging successfully with narrative such as Shary Boyle, Emma Talbot and Shana Moulton, to discuss their approach and build bridges.
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