Since 2010, Surface has been photographing and competing as a bull rider on the First Frontier, the designation given to the East Coast of the US by professional rodeo organizations. Over the course of her residency, Surface continued to attend these and other informal rodeo events, as well as visited farms, facilities, and acquaintances to document the events, locations, and materials that characterize rodeo.
Originally from Tacoma, WA, Susan Surface is a photographer and designer currently based in Brooklyn, NY. She holds a Masters in Architecture and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Yale University in New Haven, CT as well as a BFA in Integrated Design Curriculum from Parsons School of Design in New York, NY. Her work has been appeared in Capricious #14, Retrospecta, and Readymade Magazine, amongst others, and has been included in group exhibitions including Masculine at the Capricious Gallery, Bushwick Open Studios, in Brooklyn, NY and Big Plans at the Yale School of Architecture.
Susan Surface was a CPW Artist-in-Residence in 2014.