Susan Amons

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Artist Statement

I live in a rare and beautiful place at the end of a peninsula. The estuary forms the western boundary, and the ocean stretches out to the east. Everyday I see unusual birds and animals living in this pocket of preserved wildlife habitat. As the seasons pass, I notice a species for the first time, a marsh hawk, cooper's hawk, glossy ibis, snow goose, fisher or mink. I observe the animals swimming, flying, fishing, and hunting. In late summer, I camp in the solitude of the north woods wilderness. The lake and stream has it's own unique selection of species; salmon, trout, moose, otters, and eagles. I love to sit on a rock in the stream and paint.

Each winter, I return to the studio to work on large-scale prints inspired by images that I record from nature throughout the year. To develop my monotypes, I create a group of mylar shapes which I ink, print, and re-ink; building up color layers and altering spatial relationships. A series of related work evolves from the printed collection of cut out shapes. What I enjoy most about this process is that I am able to pursue multiple variations of my original idea. The final prints are multiple and varied, brilliantly frontal, or receding in space like the animals themselves, a memory, mysterious, and wild by nature.

Brief Bio

Susan Amons is a nationally recognized artist residing in Maine. Susan graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art with a BFA in 1976, and has received 20 Artist’s Fellowships from the Women’s Studio Center in New York, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Heliker-LaHotan Foundation, in Maine.

Susan is a juried member of the venerable National Association of Women Artists in New York. Her work was recently chosen for the acclaimed exhibit “Maine Women Pioneers”, at the University of New England, Portland, Maine. The Maine Arts Commission awarded Susan six Percent for Art Commissions for large scale mural installations, and three project grants for exhibitions.

Susan’s work is included in many public collections including: The Portland Museum of Art, The Farnsworth Art Museum, Colby, Bates, and Bowdoin College Collections, University of New England Collection, the New York and Boston Public Library Collections, and the Zimmerli Art Museum Collection at Rutgers University, New Jersey.