Susan Gans
Seattle, Washington
Vanishing Birds
Archival Pigment Print, 11"hx11"wx0", 2019, $400
Image refers to disappearing Birds in North American due to pesticides and loss of habitats. Is a composite diptych. Framed in a larger square frame.
I am drawn to the inherent beauty or mystery in a fleeting situation...what passes from memory almost instantly. I consider events shared but not necessarily noticed by the accidental onlooker. My work generally is a narrative from a backstory.

"Vanishing Birds" is a statement about disappearing bird life in North America due to pesticides and loss of habitat. The image is set up as if looking through binoculars at water's edge and seeing two realities: birds in sight over the water and then the sole bird in flight above the lens off into unknown parts. This photo composite is part of a project about climate change and is an archival print.
My roots are East Coast, working/middle class and ethnic. Grew up in turmoil of earlier wars, Civil Rights and the Women's Movement. My sensibility was informed by the political climate and social issues of the time as well as a career as an art teacher, museum educator, curatorial assistant and finally working in Family Law in the public sector.

Moved to Seattle in 1990. Have been affiliated with Gallery 110 and formerly on the Board of Directors. Have shown in the Pacific Northwest for 20 years, recently at the Kirkland Arts Center, Gray Sky Gallery, Tieton 10x10 and Gallery 110.
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