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LYNN SURES

LYNN SURES

Artist Work

Frasassi, detail
2007
paper, ceramic, netting, wax, linocut
12'x12'x20'
Highland 1 and 2
2006
encaustic, netting, paper
49"x130"x18"
Highland cast 6
2007
encaustic, paper
7.5"x11"x1"
Highland 1 and 2, detail
2006
encaustic, netting, paper
49"x130"x18"
Highland cast 2
2007
encaustic, paper
10"x14.5"x2"
Frasassi
2007
paper, ceramic, netting, wax, linocut
12'x12'x20'

Artist Information

County
Montgomery County
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)
Prior to 2012

Artist Statement

Visceral recollection pushes aside a factual record. This is human reality to me—what we experience as fleeting life events, what we grasp into ourselves and retain—it lingers within us. Much of my work involves taking possession of places which have experiential significance for me. I relive some aspect of a place where I have traveled, redefined with all the inexactitude that memory imposes. We fragile humans like a potent taste of existence. The Caves of Frasassi in central Italy are enormous caverns, lit fairly low. Spiky formations penetrate the volume of space and line the walls. These water-formed obstructions to space enter my sight and my thoughts. Inside the caves I draw and listen to the creaks and drips, the sounds of clinking glass, that are ever present. The sciences of geology, anthropology, and physics guide me. They deal with forces on grand and minute scale, with time perception, with our evolutionary development, and with our understanding of the world and the universe. They take me into prehistory, or through geologic time, or to observe molecular activity. These places enter into my work as much as any landscapes do. The dynamic of the cave is undulating…I consider the cold, the light bouncing, the work of moving water. I think about ages and eras and the beings who preceded us; the world in its most elemental state of motion; places on the inside and outside of the earth that are usually beyond our reach; spareness and isolation.

Artist Bio

Lynn Sures works in Silver Spring, MD in sculpture and 2D works. She recently completed the artist’s book project VARIATIONS on the Dialectic between Mingus and Pithecanthropus erectus. Lynn lectures and demonstrates at many international symposia, offers workshops, and has curated several national exhibitions. Recent solo exhibitions include “Frasassi” at Pyramid Atlantic in Maryland; "Lynn Sures: Body Art" at the medieval Fortezza Medicea Girifalco di Cortona, Italy; and “Lynn Sures: Architecture,” at Sandler-Hudson Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia. Her work is in collections including the US Department of State, the Library of Congress, Yale University, and the American Museum of Papermaking. In 2006 she was an "American Artist Abroad" in Colombo, Sri Lanka, for the Art in Embassies Program. In 2005 Lynn created a large-scale pulp painting for “Paper Now-2005” in Kyoto, Japan. She was awarded a 2006 Artist Award from the Sugarman Foundation. She worked on papermaking during a 2006 residency in Fabriano, Italy. She is on the BFA faculty of the Corcoran College of Art & Design in Washington, DC; and the MFA faculty of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. In 2005 she was Visiting Artist in Residence in the Graduate program at Columbia College Chicago.