Resides in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania
Susan Fenton's works do not surrender their secrets readily; instead these views of arrested moments and fragmentary episodes pique curiosity. Crafted from photographs of posed models and props which are then painted with subtle color, these are images of elegance and mystery. In choosing to construct her compositions rather than find them, Susan Fenton reveals her training as a painter; her toned silverprints serve as underpaintings, providing the forms and patterns which she accentuates with
combinations of quiet tones. Her figures shield themselves from view, often turning away from the camera. Simple caps and minimal costumes obscure their personal identities, revealing their essential humanity. While props and body paint enhance the formal aspects of these compositions, the ambiguous figures are their focus, simultaneously demanding of and indifferent to attention. Directed inward, these figures invite contemplation and requite it with gentle insight.