Susan Metrican lives and works between Fairfield, IA and Boston, MA.

In theater, the Fourth Wall functions as an invisible scrim that separates the audience from the stage’s fiction; in Buddhism, detachment is a state in which an individual releases their dependence and sense of identity with things, people and concepts. In both of these ideas, being a spectator is key, as well as the understanding of oneself adjacent something else. In my work, I explore these ideas through form and imagery; visual layers are separated through the use of cut and sewn canvas, and images sometimes depict reciprocal or symmetrical images.

As a Thai American raised in Oklahoma, I’m drawn to images and objects that resonate across disparate cultures and time periods. I’m interested in imagery that is “culturally familiar” through its connection to folktales and shared traditions, particularly imagery that evokes a reverence for rural life. Though my work is created outside these traditions, it attempts to engage with them through the depiction of nameable things and scenarios that as objects have the appearance of being “well-worn” or “inherited.”