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Susan Jamison  Roanoke, VA


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My egg tempera paintings feature a female figure whose body is decorated with a hot pink, flowery, pattern reminiscent of embroidery that associates her with extreme femininity. The paintings incorporate plants and animals, domestic objects and symbols that reference culturally familiar stories and images. I take inspiration from a wide range of sources including Fairy Tales, Renaissance portraiture, scientific, botanical and avian illustration, Persian miniatures and fashion design.

In my compositions, the figures appear either as cropped and isolated parts of the body or as very formal Renaissance inspired portraits in which medical illustrations of the head are appropriated and modified into archetypal images of women in a dream state. The animals and plants are chosen for their symbolic associations and lend the female figures a contemporary, feminist inspired Snow White character. Domestic objects such as sewing scissors, needles, thread and lace honor traditionally feminine arts. Stylistically, subjects are painted in a precise detailed style that eschews shadow in favor of a flat, illustrative light. The paintings have light cream or dark coal backgrounds that create an undefined or even infinite sense of space.

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08.16.2011 @ 11:12 AM

Quite a different take on medical art.


02.05.2011 @ 7:18 PM

spectacular. it symbolizes the human connection to nature. even though in our modern world it is almost gone. showing that humans and nature are one. a amazing. i'm only 12 yrs old but this has to be one of the most amazing works of art i have ever seen. i am a young artist and i am working to become a more specific artist. this is amazing inspiration. i would love to learn your techniques.

Tempral newbi

04.25.2010 @ 12:52 PM

I visited your exhibit at the Taubman Museum. It is the most beautiful, sensual and femine work of art I have seen. WOW!

Lolo monae

04.06.2009 @ 12:47 PM

You are out of the box and i love it! Your work has admirable detail...


04.03.2009 @ 11:33 AM

As always your work is beautiful, mystical and speaks to the heart. Keep on making your magic. xoxo Judy S.

Cliff dossel

04.03.2009 @ 7:31 AM

"erika" must have been born without any sensibilities, tragic, pitiful. Susan's work is really great and must be experienced directly to be fully appreciated since photography rarely does it justice. The sensitivity to detail reflects the level of quality of renaissance panel paintings without aping their content. It was a pleasure to have been able to show her work at SECCA. I look forward to seeing more of it.


04.02.2009 @ 10:46 PM

i like the apple, but the snake is funky...


04.02.2009 @ 7:34 PM

that is very pretty

Laurel hausle

04.02.2009 @ 7:13 PM

Susan- your work is meticulous and beautiful. There's always a 'neigh'sayer: A big negative horse! That photocopy comment was ignorant-- how about the use of a camera obscura back in the day? I hope to see you soon.

David mellon

04.02.2009 @ 7:12 PM

Well I'm glad to see someone else with dead birds in their freezer. I've had birds and a bat. Beautiful work Susan.

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