Susan Abrams

Susan Abrams

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    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