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January Update

It’s been 10 month since my accident. I am happy to report that I am now walking 40 minutes each day with my pup Olive, doing my PT exercises, and working out at the gym three times a week. My daily studio practice is as rigorous as always. To see the newest sculptures, please check out my Endangered Series located under the Collections tab.

I have so much to be grateful for, but I am living my daily life with an underlying sadness and heart break due to the Pandemic, divisive politics, the disappearance of a huge number of our animals and habitats, global warming, and the deterioration of our culture’s values. Each day I consciously attempt to stay above the turbulent waves.

In the last stanza of this poem, Robert Bly, poet extraordinaire, aptly captured the sentiment .

Keeping Our Small Boat Afloat

Each of us deserves to be forgiven, if only for

Our persistence in keeping our small boat afloat

When so many have gone down in the storm.

July Update!

It’s been 4 months since my accident and I am pleased to report that I am making great progress. I am able to walk totally unassisted and can easily do stairs. This great news means I have been able to climb up to my studio and create new sculptures. The first sculpture to be completed is an Endangered Starry Night Toad. I am currently working on an Endangered Red Wolf. Images of both pieces are forth coming.

May Musings

A new challenge occurred a few months ago. On March 11th, a freak accident resulted in a displaced femur, fractured acetabulum and pelvis. After three operations and a two-week hospital stay, I was sent home with a wheelchair, walker, and physical therapy exercises. The directive is to keep weight off my right leg for 3 months followed by out-patient physical therapy to learn to walk again. I should see positive results at the 6-month mark and be good as new in a year. Needless to say, this has been a major setback. My studio is located on the 2nd floor of my home. Extensive stair climbing won’t happen for quite a while. My make-shift studio is now on my dining room table. I’ve had to redirect my art making process from sculpture to 2-D work. The good news is that my creative juices are once again flowing. My new studio routine includes Alchemy research, journaling, and drawing. I am receiving many insights along this healing path and remain optimistic for the future.

Detroit Artists Market Biennial Exhibition

I am honored to have Threshold #7 included in Detroit Artists Market Biennial All Media Exhibition: Terrain. The exhibition was juried by painter extraordinaire, Jim Nawara and features work by 40 talented Detroit artists. It opens April 27-May 26.

Threshold #7 29”x14”x7”, Handmade felt, hand stitching, and beads
Threshold #7 29”x14”x7”, Handmade felt, hand stitching, and beads

Threshold #7 29”x14”x7”, Handmade felt, hand stitching, and beads
Threshold #7 29”x14”x7”, Handmade felt, hand stitching, and beads

Teapots! 11th Invitational @ Morgan Contemporary Glass

Teapots!11th Invitational @ Morgan Contemporary in Pittsburgh runs from April 7-June 10th. This year I created “PinePot” from primarily pine branches and pine cones. The handle on the lid is a prehistoric bison tooth. The various sizes of pine cones were collected from many places…Michigan, Florida, and Connecticut. I have utilized whole pine cones, pine cone cross sections for the lid and individual parts of pine cones for the lid and foot of the pot. The inside is covered with pine needles from Florida. I wrapped small bundles of pine needles and then wove them together to create pine needle mats. (14″x13″x8″)

Video from the N’Namdi Center For Contemporary Art Opening Reception

Here is a brief video featuring Susan Aaron-Taylor from her Journeying Series opening reception in the Rose Gallery of the N’Namdi Center For Contemporary Art on June 12th, 2015.

Video from our opening reception on June 12. Don't forget to join us this Saturday, June 27 for Susan Aaron-Taylor's Artist Talk in the Rose Gallery! 2:00pm

Posted by N'Namdi Center For Contemporary Art on Wednesday, June 24, 2015

New Studio Pup!

On March 8th my husband, Harry and I adopted a 5 month old rescue husky and toy poodle puppy! I had been yearning for a studio companion for a while. Now I have Olive. We still have some training issues facing us but we are all up to the task. Olive is very smart, affectionate, and eager to please. Check out her mismatched eyes; one is blue and the other is blue and brown. Very special indeed!Olive_3

‘Guide’ in Progress

Guide is a power animal or guardian spirit. “In shamanic cultures, it is believed that when we are born, the spirit of at least one animal volunteers itself to protect and guide us throughout our life–this is our power animal. When a person is consciously aware of his or her power animal, it is possible to communicate with it directly and ask them for help and guidance within a shamanic journey. ” (Sandra Ingerman, Shamanic Journeying, A Beginner’s Guide)

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Teapots! 9th Invitational Exhibition

Soul Shell Teapot  is in Teapots! 9th Invitational at Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery in Pittsburgh, PA.  The exhibition runs from April 10th-June13th. That’s my teapot on the invitation…second from the left on the top row! It should be a great show. I will be at the April 10th opening. Stop by and check out the show if you are in the area. Teapots! 9_Morgan_Contemp

'Soul Shell Teapot' 5"x9"x5", Shell, kozo fiber, geodes and jade beads, 2015
‘Soul Shell Teapot’ 5″x9″x5″, Shell, kozo fiber, geodes and jade beads, 2015