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Susanne Crane


Most of my work centers on the visual exploration of a universal language of symbols often in a magical or theatrical storytelling context. Most of my ideas come to me in dreams. I create acrylic paintings incorporating mixed media, often in montage format. I refer to them as “hybrid paintings” due to their sculptural relief elements. Several characteristics that I desire in my paintings are a feeling of high energy, the resonance of vibrant color, the appearance of innocence, and the idea of sacred space. I have always been very interested in the symbolism of certain objects such as candles, keys, and doorways. Nature is another interest, especially when portrayed in a mythological context.

Recently, I moved from Minneapolis to rural Minnesota to begin the restoration of a beautiful historic opera house. I hope it will one day be a sanctuary for the arts in an underserved region that currently faces severe problems with teenage drug abuse. I would like to offer young people other, better options.


Susanne Crane on the web

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