The "Night Journey" series explores notions associated with dreams and memory and is intended to provide pictorial access to the unconscious and unexplainable experiences. Using the shadow as metaphor, I enjoy creating works that portray a sense of surprise and wonder that in turn conjure up childhood imaginings, fairy tales and nightmares. By using mythic characters and incongruous objects, I delve into the fantastic to create phantomlike tableaux’s that capture lost and forgotten fragments of experience and emotion. I seek to create theatrical worlds that reference the ridiculous, the tragic and the unexpected. These worlds portray the mysterious space between illusion and reality and provide entry into an imaginary world of whimsical creations that portray life on the lyrical and playful edge of balance and stability.
Susan kae Grant (MFA, University of Wisconsin-Madison) is Head of Photography and Bookarts at Texas Woman’s University and teaches workshops annually at the International Center for Photography. She has exhibited her work and lectured at museums and galleries nationwide. Her work is in numerous collections including the George Eastman House, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, J. Paul Getty Museum Library, Houston Museum of Fine Arts and Victoria and Albert Museum. She is represented by Conduit Gallery in Dallas, Texas; Verve Gallery of Photography Santa Fe, NM; Galerie BMG, Woodstock, New York: and Vamp & Tramp Booksellers, LTD, Birmingham, AL.
To conduct research for the "Night Journey" project, I slept as a subject on many occasions in a sleep laboratory to be awakened from REM sleep. The audio recordings collected during awakenings are used as inspiration to create the images which are constructed in my Dallas studio by photographing shadows of models and props using a 4x5 Sinar view camera with a Leaf digital back. The images are 35"x47" printed on Hahnemuhle 308 Rag. The shadow narratives depicted in the images signify the elusive and impermanent quality of dreaming and is a universal inquiry into an unexplainable experience all humans share.
Susan kae Grant’s photographic and book-works are included in numerous collections including, The George Eastman House, The J. Paul Getty Museum, The Minneapolis Art Institute, The Tokyo Museum of Photography, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and The Victoria and Albert Museum National Library. Galleries representing her work include Conduit Gallery, Dallas; Verve Gallery of Photography, Santa Fe; Galerie BMG, Woodstock; and Vamp & Tramp Booksellers, LTD, Birmingham.
Grant received an MFA in Photography and Book Arts in 1979 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has conducted workshops, lectured and exhibited her work throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, British Columbia, Africa and Japan. Since 1975, Grant has produced 13 limited edition handmade books. She has actively participated on the board of directors of the Society for Photographic Education and various other community service organizations. In 2003, she was the recipient of a public art commission in which she served as the designer for the Southwestern Medical District/Parkland Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Station, which opened December of 2010.
From 1979-1981, Grant taught as a faculty member at Wayne State University in Detroit Michigan. In 1981she joined the faculty at Texas Woman’s University where she currently serves as head of Photography and Book Arts. She is on the staff of the International Center of Photography where she teaches workshops annually. In 2003 and 2005, she was the recipient of the Society for Photographic Education “Freestyle Crystal Apple Award” and “The Excellence in Photographic Teaching Award” in 2004 from the Santa Fe Center for Photography.
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