Artist Statement by Susan Megur


The face is similar to a map, which contains a rich history of one's life. The living body shows expression and emotion. Examining faces, animal or human, and body language is where my process begins.

My work includes oil, graphite,or mixed media using classical techniques.  In some pieces I use only graphite, while in others I use classical oil. In my mixed media I begin with a digital photograph to combine with other materials. If I use a photo, I manipulate it and then completely destroy it, leaving a ghost image.  Intuitively, I draw, paint, cut, and continue adding marks.  The marked surfaces express my varied impressions of our visual appearance.  It is a landscape of human or animal faces or body parts that suggests a relationship with our notion of beautiful and familiar, along side the difficulties we choose to explore to understand ourself within our environment.

My intention is to translate an emotional response through the entire projected image as it relates to ourself, others or our environment. Visualizing new meanings, dualities or superficiality may help us to recognize that we must try to look more in depth when we make assessments.  Philosophically, my images should lead us to create a dialogue and question the relationship of how we view ourselves and other living beings within our world.  No matter what we see, it is important that we comprehend what we think and share as human beings.

"Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart.  Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens."   Carl Gustav Jung