Susan Sanford
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Statement
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Statement

The Altered Ancestors series imagines alternative lives for those trapped in old photos. Some works explain the facts of life as understood by a somewhat confused but opinionated person. Photographs are an attempt to fix the moment permanently in the same way that a collector fixes a butterfly with pins. What is lost in the permanent capture, what remains, and what grows out of the image?

Mosaic sculpture pursues the question of the afterlife of
objects in our throwaway culture. Once dishes are broken, they are reconfigured in ways that are unexpected and frequently humorous. The artist attributes a lifelong taste for the mock heroic to being exposed in childhood to Saul Steinberg�s cartoons in the New Yorker. Obsessively wrapping broken pieces around curved surfaces for the larger sculptures, or joining unrelated components as
reconfigured figurines is exacting work that results in a delightful play of color and form for the eye of the viewer.


 
 
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