Susan Murie has lived in the Boston area for 40 years. She attended the University of Massachusetts and the University of Texas studying Theater. At UMass Susan picked up a camera and learned darkroom skills which began a concentrated interest in the still image. She has been creating cyanotype prints and layered cyanotype collages since 2009. Susan enjoys traveling and spending time with her daughter in Chicago.
I worked for many years as a gardener in both formal public spaces and private settings and this exposure and interaction with nature at an intimate level has informed my art work. How we seek out nature as sanctuary while also instinctively sensing both its chaos and an order which exists and carries on without us and that tension, the overgrown environment and abundant beauty are themes I have been exploring in my cyanotype work for the last ten years. Most recently I have begun to create work around migrancy and the concept of the tabernacle as a vehicle to carry home and memory with us. In past projects, I photographed formal gardens through windows at the Lyman Estate in Waltham, MA, resulting in large prints. There was also a period of hand coloring photographs of mainly gardens, architecture and wild places. Why cyanotype? The resulting luminous image almost always reveals something new about the subject and leads me forward.
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