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Susanna Gaunt: Integument


On View: Fall 2020

George Morrison Gallery

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.

Image credit: Susanna Guant

Alyssa Swanson: Material


On View: Fall 2020

Corridor Gallery

Alyssa Swanson weaves the influences of her ancestors, family, and mentors into monochromatic abstract sculptures. Beginning with inexpensive acrylic yarns, bulk fabrics and discarded scraps, she embraces the modest materials used by her great-grandmother, great aunt, grandmother and mother. Yarn, thread, needles and crochet hooks construct alternate ways in which women throughout history have extended their voices. In Material, Swanson reveals how the craft of her matrilineage informs her creative process and narrative. Alyssa Swanson earned her MFA in 2D Studies from Bowling Green State University in 2019 and she holds a BA of Art, Painting and Drawing from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota. She has exhibited throughout the Midwest and lives in Minnesota.

Image credit: Alyssa Swanson, Embodied Voice Installation Detail



  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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