Susan Abrams


Contact Information

abrams.sk@gmail.com

http://www.susan-abrams.com/S_Abrams.html

Please contact artist for purchases, commissions, etc.

Photography

Botanicals

Unique selenium toned silver prints using applied emulsion on paper handmade by the artist.

Platinum/Palladium Prints

The artist created these pieces using the historic photographic process of platinum/palladium printing on her handmade paper. Each measures approximately 14-1/2″ x 11-1/2″ and are limited to an edition of 10.

Color Work

These works are large archival Epson photographs printed on paper made by the artist. Each measures approximately 40″ x 30″ and are limited to an edition of 5 in this size.

Encaustic Coated Archival Pigment Prints

Aluminum Prints

These prints represent some winter images from the ongoing development of a series on the States of Water.

Installation

Mixed Media

Archived Work

Artist's Statement

I am a photographer and a papermaker. My work melds the spontaneous playfulness and fluidity of paper making with the discipline inherent in the darkroom. Making my own paper accentuates the organic nature of the work. The complex interaction of paper and process results in textural, sensual prints, each of which are unique. A fascination with natural cycles, patterns and textures runs through my work and seeks to capture the beauty of a still point in life’s chaos.

There are subjects that are better suited to printing on other media and I have work that is printed on standard papers (silver or digital) and on non-traditional materials such as silk. The project and the imagery determine my choice and I always attempt to have my printing method and media enhance the final work.

My training as an artist has been self-directed rather than formal. Through workshops, exchanging ideas with fellow artists, and much experimentation, I have evolved as an artist and developed my unique working methods and voice.

Selected Exhibitions

Solo
2010
Pennswood Art Gallery, Newtown, PA

Abiding Ephemera, Nexus, Philadelphia, PA

2008
From Stillness, Nexus, Philadelphia, PA

Silk Portraits, Humanities Gallery, LIU, Brooklyn, NY

2007
Elevation, The Wind Challenge Exhibitions at Fleisher, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA

2006
Cuttings, Courthouse Gallery, Lake George Arts Project, Lake George, NY

2005
Silver on Silk: Veiled Portraits, Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art, Philadelphia, PA

2003
Out of the Woods, Community Gallery Solo Series, Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, PA

2001
Gallery at Boland Hall, St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA

1999
Local Art at Ludington, Bryn Mawr, PA

Group
2013
The Photo Review 2013 Competition Issue

2012
focused ambiguity: works by Susan Abrams, Tasha Doremus & Rachel Zimmerman, Community Arts Center, Wallingford, PA

The Photo Review 2012 Competition Issue

2010
Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2010, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA

Portfolio ShowCase Volume 4: Book and Online Exhibition, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO

2009
Onward, Project Basho, Philadelphia, PA

2008
Photography 27, Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, NJ

2007
Contemporary Art On Paper, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Curator: Innis Howe Shoemaker

2006
Equinox, Wired Gallery, Bethlehem, PA

Works on Paper, Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, PA
Juror: Cornelia Butler, MOMA

Photography 25, Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, NJ
Juror: Katherine Ware, PMA

Annual Juried Exhibition – Photography, Muse Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Juror: Stephen Perloff

2005
Best of Show, Gallery 1401, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Noteworthy, Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, NJ

Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2005, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA
Juror: Stephen Perloff

Works on Paper + Photographs, Exhibit 231 Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

The Silver Garden, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Curator: Katherine Ware

Photography 24, Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, NJ
Juror: Vicki Harris

2004 – 2005
Discontent, Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art, Philadelphia, PA

2004
Phillips’ Mill Photographic Exhibition, New Hope, PA,

Lasting Impressions: Works on Paper, Marsha Child Contemporary, Princeton, NJ

Group – 5 New Resident Artists, Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art, Philadelphia, PA

2003
The Photo Review 2003 Competition, Gallery 1401, Philadelphia, PA
Best of Show

Sculptural Prints, The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA

Phillips’ Mill Photographic Exhibition, New Hope, PA

In Depth, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

Photography 22, Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, NJ

2002
Photo National, Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster, PA

25th Art on Paper Exhibition, Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD

Annual Juried Show, Abington Art Center, Abington, PA

2001
Spectra ’01, Third National Photography Biennial, Silvermine Guild Art Center, New Canaan, CT

Introduction, Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia/Tri State Artist Equity Invitational Exhibit, Memorial Hall, Philadelphia, PA

New Directions, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

Photography 20, Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, NJ

2000
Art Works/Water Works Exhibit, Liberty Place, Philadelphia, PA

74th Annual International Competition, The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA

Photography 2000, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA

1999
Phila/Tri State Artist Equity Millennial Exhibition, The American College, Bryn Mawr, PA

Rice-Polak Gallery, Provincetown, MA

1998
Photo:Synthesis, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

Awards and Honors

2005
4th Place Award, 21st Annual Photography Competition, The Photo Review

First Prize for Photography, Art of the State, Harrisburg, PA

Patron’s Award, Phillips’ Mill Photographic Exhibition

2003
1st Place Award, The Photo Review, 19th Annual Photography Competition, Langhorne, PA

2001
Juror’s Award, Perkins Center for the Arts, Photography 20, Moorestown, NJ

2000
Taws Award, The Print Center, 74th Annual International Competition, Philadelphia, PA

Publications

2003
Article, “Hand Papermaking for Photography,” Camera Arts, December, 2003/January, 2004

Collections

McGraw-Hill
Merck & Co.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art
The Free Library of Philadelphia
Additional corporate and private collections in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain