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Susanna Gaunt: Integument

George Morrison Gallery


Image: Susanna Gaunt, "adapt over apart" and "apart and a part", 2020.

Duluth multi-media artist Susanna Gaunt presents new work investigating materials on a large scale. Manipulating sheets of white paper, she layers, weaves and shapes sculptures into textured forms suspended from the ceiling and mounted on the walls. Creases, peaks and valleys reflect light to create shadowed surfaces juxtaposed against translucent layers of mulberry paper treated with encaustic wax. This collection of forms invites viewers to examine their details, noting differences with curiosity and wonder. Gaunt remarks her work “is often enhanced with the use of layers that conceal enough to raise questions and reveal enough to suggest answers.” Susanna Gaunt has exhibited throughout the United States, including solo shows at the University of Superior Kruk Gallery, Grand Rapid’s MacRostie Art Center, Church Street Gardens in Little Silver, NJ and venues in Missoula, MT. She has been a part of significant juried group shows such as the 62nd Arrowhead Regional Biennial and the UMD Emerging Photographers show, both at the Duluth Art Institute. Gaunt holds a BFA from the University of Minnesota Duluth in Painting, Drawing and Printmaking and a BA in Philosophy from Boston College. Gaunt is a grant awardee of both the Minnesota States Arts Board and the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council.

This activity is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, thanks to appropriations from Minnesota State Legislature’s General Fund.


Register to see Susanna Gaunt's Artist Talk LIVE, November 18, 2020 at 6pm. 



Working with a variety of mediums such as drawing, photography and printmaking, Susanna Gaunt 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. 

A recent graduate from the University of Minnesota Duluth, Susanna received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting, Drawing and Printmaking. She also holds a BA degree in Philosophy from Boston College. Susanna has exhibited her work in galleries and museums throughout the country. Regionally, this includes the Duluth Art Institute, Tweed Art Museum and Prøve Gallery in Duluth, as well as Minnesota Center for the Book Arts in Minneapolis, MacRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids, MN and the Kruk Gallery at UWS in Superior, Wisconsin. Her work has been published in literary journals and trade publications, such as De Correspondent, Permafrost and View Camera Magazine. Susanna Gaunt lives and works in Duluth, MN.

Susanna Gaunt was awarded an Arrowhead Regional Arts Council Career Development grant in 2018 to produce her exhibit, Reconfigure, at the Kruk Gallery in Superior, Wisconsin. She is a 2019 fiscal year recipient of the Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.



Image: Susanna Gaunt, "Release."

Image: Susanna Gaunt, "Disperse," 2020.


Susanna Gaunt’s Integument includes the performative installation piece “Disperse.” Gaunt will be live from the George Morrison Gallery as she adds to her seed bank at 12pm on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of October, November, and December. Witness Gaunt as she hand-stitches a collection of translucent photographic moments. These seed pods accumulate as the show matures, transforming the exhibition over time. View the live performance by subscribing to the Duluth Art Institute’s YouTube channel. Viewer questions are encouraged as Gaunt discusses her process.

Check out the event facebook page. 

See the videos here:

October 20: https://youtu.be/bsCDDHEcR3g  

November 3: https://youtu.be/UvcZW6OzG-A

November 17: https://youtu.be/l5kQWWVzP5w

December 1: https://youtu.be/h5zMS377lms

December 15: https://youtu.be/fKY4C5_S41Y 



  The Duluth Art Institute's programs and services are made possible in part through the support of the Minnesota State Arts Board through an appropriation by the State Legislature from the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2018.

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