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Susan Carnahan

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Square Dance
Square Dance



Much of my work originates from an act of probing my past in order to assess my present identity. I was an only child, and I believe the childhood solitude caused me to construct fantastical narratives in my mind. Yet because I never acted out these narratives with other children, they remained unfulfilled and passive, growing persistently in my imagination. As I edged towards adolescence, my fantasies expanded and transformed in the same way my body did, like a psychological component of puberty, but even then they remained unconsummated, becoming a complex personal mythology.
Drowned
Drowned

Now, as an adult and an artist, I am reinventing the dark and fantastical actions I would never dare act out as a child. In many of my works, I depict characters who are longing for sexual and psychological interaction, but various barriers prevent them from engaging with one another. They remain perpetually isolated, vulnerable, and longing for companionship. Their elusive search mirrors my own.
Lord Bunbury and Lady Delicate
Lord Bunbury and Lady Delicate
Looking for Tonto
Looking for Tonto
Milk Run
Milk Run






I began my exploration in photography, but my most recent works have been in the medium of video. My videos are looped and the speed of the image is manipulated to go either extremely fast or slow, reducing the narratives to their fundamental expressions and relationships. The works are displayed on 7” screens that are matted and framed as if they were still photographs. Thus, the viewer is able to explore the ambiguity of the images, allowing them to be whatever they are at any given moment: a still image, a video, a moving painting. The audio component functions as a disjointing element, adding an unexpected playful quality to an otherwise dark and haunting narrative.



Punished
Punished

In my work, I have also explored the nature of relationships and the perpetual shifting dynamics between people and their various roles. I am fascinated by how these roles inform each other and how they are never static in nature, but rather constantly subject to change as they evolve. As an artist, I have examined roles and ideas from the perspective of a child. Now, as a parent, I am able to see myself in the role of my own mother, gaining a better understanding of how these cycles come together, full circle.
Susan Carnahan
116 Pinehurst Avenue Apt. E-53
New York, NY
New York
North America

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