Susan Metrican lives and works between Fairfield, IA and Boston, MA.
In theater, the Fourth Wall is an invisible scrim separating 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, and with painting, there is an understanding of oneself adjacent something else. In my recent work, folk narratives emerge to explore these approaches to perception through imagery, forms, and material.
As a Thai American raised in the midwest, 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 that have an appearance of being “well-worn” or “inherited.”