February 2019 Exhibitions
Opening Reception: Friday, February 1st, 4 - 7 pm
A recent graduate from the University of Minnesota Duluth, Susanna received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art, with an emphasis 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 Altered Aesthetics and Minnesota Center for the Book Arts in Minneapolis and the Janet Carson Gallery in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Her work has been published in literary journals and trade publications, such as Permafrost and View Camera Magazine. Susanna Gaunt lives and works in Duluth, MN.
Through the month of February, Susanna Gaunt will be showing a collection of her pieces, titled "Reconfigure" at the MAC. Working with a variety of mediums such as drawing, photography and printmaking, Susanna Gaunt uses “Reconfigure” to analyze 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.
Naomi Hart grew up in the Northern Wilds of Minnesota where the natural world became her education and refuge. Hart studied printmaking and book arts culminating in an MFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Upstate NY where she combined her love of process with an insatiable need to tell a story. Hart’s intaglio prints have been exhibited throughout the Midwest and have been chosen for exhibition in Italy and as part of a permanent collection in Indianapolis at the Center for Art’s Non Toxic Print Collection. Naomi has been influential in teaching non-toxic printmaking practices across the Midwest and has consulted with studios in developing safer practices in the printmaking arena.
While dark and introspective, Hart’s exhibit “Intimate Voodoo: Matters of Heart” maintains a sense of hopeful wonder and joy. The viewer is quickly pulled into the story and the many layers within each piece. “My work is always an attempt to illustrate the elusive “now”. This moment ripe with potential; dark, mysterious, and fleeting. With the recent death of my parents, my sense of grounding has been drastically altered. My vortex has shifted. The outcome is a deeper, more malleable sense of home which I am being lured into exploring. It is an intimate voodoo and very much a matter of the heart”.