Susan kae Grant will show examples of her work and discuss her creative process, with an emphasis on her experience working with sleep researcher Dr. John Herman as inspiration for this project. The work consists of three complementary forms: a suite of large-scale black and white works on paper, a video projection, and a room-size installation that combines photographic murals printed on sheer fabrics with sound recordings. The combination of images, sounds, and light is designed to re-create the fragmented experience of dreaming. Grant’s fascination with the visual experiences of the dream-state led her to explore the scientific aspects of sleep and memory, using a specialized sleep research facility in order to access otherwise unobtainable states of consciousness. Night Journey represents a significant collaboration of artistic and scientific inquiry into the nature of dreams, memory and the unconscious, and provides an opportunity to physically move through a virtual environment of translucent images.
Susan kae Grant
Susan kae Grant’s photographic and book-works are included in numerous collections, including The George Eastman House, The J. Paul Getty Museum, The Minneapolis Art Institute, The Tokyo Museum of Photography, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and The Victoria and Albert Museum National Library. Grant received an MFA in Photography and Book Arts in 1979 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has conducted workshops, lectured and exhibited her work throughout the United States, Canada, China, Europe, Australia, British Columbia, Africa and Japan. Galleries representing her work include Conduit Gallery, Dallas; Verve Gallery, Santa Fe; and Vamp & Tramp Booksellers, LTD, Birmingham. She resides in Dallas, Texas, USA and currently, Head of Photography and Book Arts at Texas Woman’s University and teaches workshops annually at the International Center for Photography in New York City.