Constructed entirely as triptychs, Susan kae Grant’s new photographic works envision multiple states of consciousness, adding a cinematic nature to the viewer’s experience. Moving from image to image is simultaneously engaging and unsettling which suggests a strong sense of familiarity and disorientation.
Viewing the images in sequence reminds one of a desire to make connections from moments of episodic memory. Some are fleeting, while others reappear often in private thought. The works portray experiences of being both inside and outside of this world, yet neither here nor there. By shifting views and focus, Grant challenges the viewer to contemplate a central narrative that is at times dangerous, whimsical, confusing and thought provoking.
Susan kae Grant’s photography is in the permanent collections of numerous international institutions including: the Arts of the Book Collection, Yale University, New Haven, CT; Boston Athenaeum, Boston, MA; Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.; Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ; Columbia University, New York, NY; Detroit Public Library Rare Book Room, Detroit, MI; Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; Phoenix Public Library Rare Book Collection, Phoenix, AZ; Smith College Rare Book Collection, Northhampton, MA; The J. Paul Getty Museum Artists' Book Collection, Malibu, CA; The International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House; The Minneapolis Art Institute, Minneapolis, MN; The New York Public Library Spencer Collection, NY, NY; The School of the Art Institute Artist's Book Collection, Chicago, IL; The Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan; Victoria & Albert Museum National Art Library, London, England; Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA; Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT.
Grant’s work has been exhibited internationally including the Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C; Aperture Foundation, Burden Gallery, New York City; The Photographers Gallery, Saskatchewan, Canada; The Anchorage Museum of Art; Alaska and The Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Grant is a Professor and head of the Photography & Bookmaking program at Texas Woman's University and teaches workshops annually at the International Center for Photography in New York City. In 2005, Grant was selected as the commissioned artist for the design of the Southwestern Medical / Parkland Metro Station for DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit.) Selected exhibitions since 2013 include: Tyler Museum of Art, Tyler, TX (2016-current); The Grunwald Gallery at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana (2016); Lunder Arts Center, Lesley University, Cambridge, MA (2016); The Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, NY (2016); GuatePhoto International Photography Festival, Antigua, Guatemala, (2015); Lishui Photo Festival, Lishui, China (2015); See + Gallery, Shanghai, China (2015); Keith Murdoch Gallery, State Library Victoria, Melbourne, Australia (2015); Walker Fine Art, Denver, CO (2015); Bonhams, Los Angeles, CA (2014); Martin Museum of Art, Baylor University, Waco, TX (2014); Verve Gallery, Santa Fe, NM (2014); Northern Arizona University Art Museum, Flagstaff, AZ (2013.) Susan Grant lives and works in Dallas, TX.