Susan Graham attended the School of Visual Arts. Her work has been shown at galleries and museums including Photology Gallery in Milan; Mixed Greens Gallery; Neuberger Museum of Art; Musee International des Arts Modestes, Sete, France; the Tucson Museum of Art; and recently, a one-person show titled “New Gardens,” at Schroeder Romero in New York City. Graham has been the recipient of several fellowships and grants from organizations such as the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Her work is currently included in I Want Candy: The Sweet Stuff In American Art, which is traveling to museums throughout the United States.
The work I have been doing for the past few years has been very fragile, sometimes ephemeral, and time-oriented. I have been using both sugar and porcelain to create pieces with the same delicate look and a conceptually similar idea of preciousness, fragility, and intense process. My sculptures and installations use repetitive acts or actions (often resulting in the making of a multitude of similar objects) and link them to a particular psychological state. The materials I use, such as sugar and porcelain, give the pieces a feeling of domesticity or sweetness, while the subjects are ones that make me uncomfortable. My work is influenced by anxiety and fears (of guns and the encroachment of technology upon nature, for instance) as well as reflections on the culture and landscape of the American Midwest where I grew up. Often, I use my sculptures as props for animated films and videos, as well as for still photographs, where these processes are linked from one piece to another, across media.