Susan Fraser-Hughes

"My art is reflective of my life's journey: places I have lived in and visited, my experiences, my memories. Everything I create is triggered by an intrinsic resonance, to landscape, architectural site or object. Through my art, I seek to both understand and honour the significance of this response."

Looking Forward 3 - Charcoal on frosted mylar 24 x 24 in.

Through her intimate and often mysterious work, Susan Fraser-Hughes takes her viewers on a journey, a journey that is slowly documenting her life, traversing between past and the present, as she gently attends to experiences and memories.

Her work, often considered ominous, both for its content and for its restricted palette of black against white is anything but in Fraser Hughes’s eyes. Darkness for Fraser Hughes is a place of healing, a quiet place. It is in darkness, that she feels she can be her most vulnerable, trusting. Darkness within her work is indicative of retreat. The light, by comparison, is indicative of new growth, energy, and understanding.

Every series Fraser-Hughes creates is triggered by a sensory response to place, object, or situation. These responses, though occurring on a surface level, often trigger an association with past memories, emotions and experiences. Drawing, according to Susan, allows her to visually explore these connections, in an immediate and intimate way.

Susan Fraser-Hughes is a contemporary artist living and working in Vancouver, Canada. She attained her BFA from the Alberta College of Art and Design, her MFA from the University of Calgary, and most recently, her Ph.D. from Aberystwyth University, Wales. Susan has participated in a number of solo and group shows and has exhibited in Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States.



Bachelor of Education, Edith Cowan University, Western Australia

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, Canada

Master of Fine Arts, University of Calgary, Canada

PhD in Fine Art, Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth, Wales

Looking Forward 1 - Charcoal on frosted mylar 24 x 24 in.
Looking Forward 2 - Charcoal on frosted mylar 24 x 24 in.
Inner Landscape 2 - Charcoal on frosted mylar 24 x 24 in.
Inner Landscape 1 - Charcoal on frosted mylar 24 x 24 in.

This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist


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