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Heather Cassils

Wielding Power

Selected works by Susan Graham

3.1.16 – 4.16.16


Wielding Power is the manifestation of artist Susan Graham's fascination with the moments before and after the awareness of an occurrence of violence. These instances of stillness and suspension are explored first through Graham's lacy filigreed sculptures of guns. Made of porcelain, these sculptures of dangerous objects lay inert, sending mixed messages that reflect both a basic human ambivalence to guns and the artist's own mixed feelings of desire, nostalgia, and apprehension toward guns. Similarly, Graham's arresting black and white photographs, in which ominous skies dominate catastrophic landscapes, are nonetheless imbued with a certain familiarity that evokes feelings of home or sweetness.

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