Refresh (Waterfall), 2007, 20” x 16”, gouache/Hahnemühle; water motif from Shãhnãmeh fragment, Tabrîz, 1370, Folio 65b, Tabrîz, Istanbul. Among the restorative elements in this series is water brought to a desiccated and decimated land.
Rehydrate I and II, 2008, 10” x 15”; water motif from illustration by Master Ahman Mûsâ in a Mi-râj-Nâmeh (“Book of the Mystical Ascension”), Tabrîz, second quarter of the 14th century, Topkapì Sarayì Museum Library, Istanbul. In Rehydrate I and II (2008), stylized waves from a 14th c. illustration for the Book of the Mystical Ascension lap impossibly at edges of craters in Lebanese roads bombed in 2006. Here, the transcendent merges with the mundane.
Susanne Slavick is an artist, curator, and the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Art at Carnegie Mellon University. In 2015, she premiered UNLOADED, a touring multimedia group show that explores historical and social issues surrounding the availability, use, and impact of guns in our culture. As co-founder of 10 Years + Counting, an online resource developed to exposing the costs of war, she edited Out of Rubble (Charta, 2011) and curated a related traveling exhibit featuring international artists who respond to the aftermath of war. She has exhibited internationally, with solo shows at the Chicago Cultural Center, McDonough Museum in Youngstown, Accola Griefen Gallery in New York, and Bernstein Gallery at Princeton University. Slavick studied at Yale University, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, and Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Rome and Philadelphia. Her work has been recognized through fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. She has published articles in: Cairo: Images of Transition (transcript Verlag 2013); Cultural Heritage and Arts Review; Cultural Politics; Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies; Guernica: A Magazine of Art & Politics; and AlterNet.