Susan Metrican lives and works between Fairfield, IA and Boston, MA.
As a Thai American raised mostly in the midwest, I’m drawn to images and objects that resonate across disparate cultures and time periods. I am interested in imagery that is “culturally familiar” through its connection to folktales and shared traditions, particularly imagery that evokes a reverence for rural life.
The work acknowledges motifs that have been translated across multiple formats; textiles, costumes, theater, architecture, and small useful objects which allow the symbols, characters and stories to connect and continue “traveling” through time and space. I consider the movement of interpreted ideas onto various forms throughout history, and their shape-shifting reanimation as they introduce new modes of being. Within this context, my work attempts to engage with these traditions through the construction of animal and nature motif paintings with a pronounced object-ness.