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Susan Jamison

Artist Statement Submitted 2015

My mother passed down to me her secret feminine knowledge of plants, birds and wildlife on walks into the deep forest during my childhood. She instilled the symbolic meaning of spotting a fox, an orb-weaving spider or a trillium. These memories and my lifelong sense of connection to nature strongly inform my imagery. The figures in my allegorical egg tempera paintings are like Pictish warrior woman decorated for battle, like Mother Nature who’s skin is literally blooming, or perhaps akin to a Fascinatrix luring through spells. Combining amazement with revulsion, alongside this enchanted, flower woman, are curious animals, some displaying genetic anomalies. They are the others, the freaks and the ones who are different. Sewing implements, thread and lace banners bearing messages within the paintings honor traditional women’s arts of stitching, lacemaking and embroidery. Resisting a specific narrative, my paintings are enchanted moments from my highly feminized vision of nature.

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