Susan Carter Hall
Metamorphosis: the process of transformation from an immature form to an adult form in two or more distinct stages, or a change of the form or nature of a thing or person into a completely different one, by natural or supernatural means.
Whether through the physical and psychological symbolism of swamps and jungles, titles of surrender (Could a, Should a, Would a), or death and sleep (Repose, In Loving Memory), references to metamorphosis happen symbolically throughout Susan Carter Hall’s entire new body of work.
The jungle-like, densely applied paint of Rooted brings ayahuasca rituals to mind – experiences ripe for physical, emotional, and spiritual transformation. A donkey that wishes himself into a rock in the children’s book Sylvester and His Magic Pebble by William Steig, is alluded to in the largest piece in the show. Repetitive and charged blue marks cover this canvas in a manner suggestive of a cosmic explosion, suggesting Sylvester in an in-between state of form.
The title of this show also points to the fact that each of the paintings in this body of work underwent multiple visual changes over a long period of time. A still life became a landscape, a landscape became a figure, a figure became abstracted only to become a figure again. Layers of paint were built up, covered up, carved and scratched, flipped around and set aside – dormant. Dark became light and light became dark. All these transformations were necessary to discover the narratives that chose to present themselves.
Susan received her BA in Art History and has studied painting at New York Studio School (Marathon Program), Art Students League, Instituto Allende (Mexico) and with Tom Wudl in Los Angeles. She has participated in solo and group shows throughout Los Angeles (The Ebell, Hangar Gallery, Durden and Ray), in Marfa, TX (The Do Right Hall), in Jackson, MS, and in Oxford, MS (Southside Gallery).