Susan Goethel Campbell creates multi-disciplinary work that considers the contemporary landscape to be an emergent system where nature, culture, and the engineered environment are indistinguishable from one another. Central to her practice is the collection, documentation, and observation of seasonal change and ephemera in both natural and artificial environments. Her work is realized in several formats, including installation, video, prints, and drawings, as well as projects that engage communities to look at local and global environments.

"My recent series of prints," writes Campbell, "draws from the phenomenon of galaxy clusters and visually interlaces the concept of deep space with satellite views of cities on Earth. Pandora’s Cluster is the nickname of a giant galaxy known as Abell 2744 that formed over the course of 350 million years from a mash-up of several smaller galaxies. Images from the Hubble Space Telescope show how the immense gravity of Abell 2744 functions as a lens, brightening distant galaxies and warping space. This effect, known as gravitational lensing, has inspired new ways for me to work with light in my prints."

The Aerial prints are part of an ongoing series that focuses on nocturnal bird's-eye views of cities and atmospheric phenomena. The black and gray tones are printed from a birch matrix, while the linear elements are comprised of tiny hand-punched holes that allow light to pass through the paper.

Campbell earned her MFA in printmaking from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Her work has been exhibited internationally and in institutions throughout the United States, including the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Queens Art Museum, Crystal Bridges Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Grand Rapids Art Museum, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Drawing Center, and the International Print Center New York. Her work is in the collections of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the New York Public Library, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Toledo Museum of Art, the University of Michigan Special Collections Library, Yale University Art Gallery, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and Cranbrook Art Museum.

Aspinwall Editions Susan Goethel Campbell Collagraph
Pandora's Cluster 1
2018
Collagraph
23 1/2 x 31 in.

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