Susanna Gaunt, Mixed Media Artist

EXHIBIT June 7 – August 21, 2024
RECEPTION June 7, 5 – 7pm Talk at 6pm

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Arcana, detail, Susanna Gaunt. The use of metal, paper, other ephemera to shape a mixed media insect for use in curiosity cabinet.

Gaunt’s artwork is inspired by natural history. She collects natural specimens as objects and  observations of nature as memories and use both to explore ideas in the studio. In the past two years, this has expanded to include collecting community stories about how folks connect and relate to the nonhuman world. She finds their words to inspiring her to create new and evolving collaborative pieces.

Artist Statement

Working with a variety of materials, I make two- and three-dimensional works that provide an interactive experience. The pieces are displayed as a coherent assembly of repeated forms designed to encourage the viewer to move in for a closer look at the details. In the work, I search for ways to impose unexpected connections between human and animal, blurring the lines between the observer and the observed: The human figure is pinned in a specimen drawer; human organs are collaged with insect anatomy; human and animal details are inventoried on toe tags. The entanglement can disrupt what is known and therefore open a door to reflection.

In addition to working more with community, I have been taking steps to transition to more sustainably in my practice. You can see this shift in action with a few of the pieces in (Re)Collect. When adding new components, I have strived to use and reuse materials already present in the studio, whether it is old artwork being transformed into new pieces, or tangled threads that become part of the subject. I have also begun to make my own paper from leftover supplies and scraps and have turned the results into tags and seeds.

Artist Bio

Susanna Gaunt, Mixed Media Artist

Susanna Gaunt, Mixed Media Artist

Susanna Gaunt is an award-winning mixed-media installation artist and instructor living in Duluth. Using mediums such as weaving, photography, embroidery and collage, she analyzes the human condition through a philosophical and scientific lens. Inspired by historic European curiosity cabinets, natural history museums and personal specimen collections, she tangles human anatomy with animal taxonomy, creating works that encourage curiosity and reflection.

Susanna holds a BFA in Painting, Drawing and Printmaking from U of M Duluth and a BA in Philosophy from Boston College. Since 2017, she has had solo shows at Great Lakes Aquarium, Tweed Art Museum, UW Superior’s Kruk Gallery, MacRostie Art Center and Duluth Art Institute in addition to showing work in juried exhibits throughout the country. Susanna has received multiple grants from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council for her artwork and her teaching. She is a 2019 and 2023 fiscal year recipient of the Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board and an artist fellow for both the Duluth Climate Action Field School and Minnesota Upstream Initiative.

Arrowhead Regional Arts Council logoLegacy logo horizontalSusanna received an Individual Artist’s Project Grant to support the installation of (Re)Collect. The Individual Artist Project Grant is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.