Susan Ireland


Since 2005, concurrent with the visit of Hurricane Katrina, I have been interested in challenging my own intolerances, along with those of others. Using a visual representation of common images, altering them, adding words, and then patterns, I have been trying to confront my own perceptions as well as those of viewers.

I see the world foremost through pattern and line. These elements pull me into an image; hold me in comfortable and sometimes engagingly uncomfortable positions. The forms of people become flattened, nestled and enclosed by pattern. They can be seen as trapped or protectively hidden.

The result of adding thread, small objects and photos to found images, becomes a variant of what was formerly supposed.   What is logical, reasonable and assured is now a question in which one can consider the original image anew; the concrete reality of that image is no longer so assured.