may, 2017

25may6:00 pm- 8:00 pmArtist Residency Open Studio with Susan Mikula


Event Details

Susan Mikula is a photographer whose elusive art challenges conventions. Her physical subject matter is often abstracted, sometimes highly so, and typically portrayed within a tight chromatic range; one that, nonetheless, contains an expansive scale of tone and texture. Yet to call her art “abstract” is a misnomer; the end result often remains strongly figurative, even when no longer overtly identifiable with its origins. Distillation is a more apt description of her process.

Mikula’s creative roots rest deep in the aesthetic legacies of painting and photography, so it’s no surprise that her art is sometimes taken for painting—but it is photography. Shooting exclusively with Polaroid films and cameras, Mikula works in available light and does no cropping or image manipulation after the fact. Her in-camera technique strips away detail and softens edges only to better reveal the underlying and essential form and feeling of her subject.

Born and raised first in urban/industrial New Jersey, and then in a small New Hampshire town, Mikula now lives and works in rural western Massachusetts and in New York City.


(Thursday) 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST


Hawthorne Barn


Twenty Summers

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