Influenced by trips to Japan and across I-70, Susan White’s work weaves ideas of stillness, quietness, and the ritual fertility of nature into metaphorical conversations on intrinsic geometry, politics, and the natural.
Susan White sculpts with thorns, honey locust trees and other materials to create discrete sculptures and large installations. Her use of organic materials explores the elemental relationship of the body to the landscape, the cellular nature of the body, the granular nature of the soil, the sense of time and space in the natural world.
Susan White has been an adjunct professor at the Kansas City Art Institute as well as at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. She’s earned a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and a BA from Drury University. Her work has been supported by two Inspiration Grants from the Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City; and grants from the Daum Museum and the Salina Art Center. An international travel grant from the Lighton International Artist Exchange Program that supported an artist residency at Youkobo Art Space in Tokyo. She has also received funding from the Avenue of the Arts Foundation as well as for the Creative Capital Foundation Professional Development Workshop.