The Way We Drown
January 4-February 1, 2019
Reception: Thursday, January 10, 6:00-8:00pm

The Brookline Arts Center is pleased to present The Way We Drown by Susan Greer Emmerson.

Artist Statement:

“My work is an exploration of the picture plane; it delves into that surface between wall and the environment and expands that surface for the viewer to follow. My drawings and paintings rise off the wall into three dimensions, forming shadows and caverns which in turn incorporate themselves into the work itself. Using surfaces of Tyvek, paper, canvas and found objects I explore below these surfaces and expand them outward by heating, sanding, cutting, gluing and plastering their surfaces and incorporating the structure into the imagery. For this body of work my focus is one of creating and destroying; of depicting the horrible violence that natural storms, worsened by human mistakes, can do to our built environment and our fellow humans. The drawings I have included are composites of scenes of devastation and my own reaction to the terror of the loss of home and community and to the disappearance of the feeling of safety that home evokes.”


Susan Greer Emmerson has exhibited extensively throughout the Midwest and Boston area. She has also performed duties as a juror and a co-curator, and has twice been awarded residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, as well as a residency at the Torpedo Factory in Virginia. Originally from the Midwest, where she practiced for nearly two decades as an ear, nose and throat surgeon, she received her BFA in Painting from Illinois State University and her MFA from Lesley University College of Art and Design in Boston. Her work appears in the permanent collections of the Grove Hall Public Library in Boston and the Bloomington-Normal Transportation Center and City Hall in Illinois. She is a member of Kingston Gallery in Boston.