Susan White is a graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute and has pursued graduate studies at Rhode Island School of Design. She had an artist residency at Youkobo Art Space in Tokyo in 2010, funded by a grant from the Lighton International Artist Exchange Program, administered by the Kansas City Artist Coalition. And she has recently received an Inspiration Grant along with Jung A. Woo, from the ArtsKC Fund of the Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City for an exhibition that they will install in the fall. Her work has been exhibited at the Salina Art Center, the Bemis Center in Omaha, the Byron Cohen Gallery in Kansas City among numerous venues. She has work in the Viewing Program at the Drawing Center in New York.
Susan has been a good friend to CTT; this is the third year she has participated in the Doll Project. She is even featured in Lynne Melcher's film about the project!
Here is what Susan has to say about her work and the doll she made this year:
"I've always wanted to be the kind of artist who made primarily one kind of work, or worked with one material. But the lure of the world is too much for me and I consider myself highly focused to have narrowed it down to three primary forms, pyrographs, thornworks, and video/installation. I work with the thorns from the honey locust trees that grow up and around the trunk as well as along the branches. Using the pencil point tip of a burning tool, I pierce each thorn to create a hole through which they are self-doweled.
This piece was inspired by my neighboring artist in my studio at the Livestock Exchange Building, Maria Creyts. Maria recently spent several weeks in Nigeria and it has been through her that I’ve become somewhat familiar with the incredible headwraps that the women of Nigeria wear. This thorn headpiece is a result of Maria’s African influence."