Untitled (Beyond), 1994, incorporated color coupler print, courtesy artist and Kim Foster Gallery, NYC

Untitled (Beyond), 1994, incorporated color coupler print, courtesy artist and Kim Foster Gallery, NYC

Susan Wides

I began Botanicals –  the Flower Series, in part as a response to the death of my close friend’s lover. They had created and tended a rose garden together. After Tom’s death, Jed and I tended the roses growing in their garden; the rose became a kind of surrogate for Tom. As I thought more about the rose as a sign that mediates between nature and culture, I became fascinated by the botanical garden displays where each type of flower is accompanied by a tombstone-like marker inscribed with its name. Reading this culturally fabricated language of flowers, I wanted to reclaim the flower as an expression of transience, loss, and desire. I photographed in these gardens – encircling, refocusing, cropping names, and revising. With this series I look to commemorate, to heal, and to embrace fully the cycles of life. 

Susan Wides is a NYC based artist who has shown at the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, AZ; Metropolitan Transit Authority, Arts for Transit Exhibition Centers, NYC; Kim Foster Gallery, NYC; PS122, NYC; Wessel O’Connor, NYC; The High Museum of Art in Atlanta, GA; The Art Museum of Princeton University, NJ; and the Julie Saul Gallery, NYC.  Her images are in the collections at the International Center for Photography, the Brooklyn Museum, and the New York Public Library, all in NYC. Wides has received two JP Morgan and Co. Inc. art commissions. Her photographs have been reviewed in the New York Times, Village Voice, Camerawork, Artforum, Afterimage, the New York Observer, and have appeared in Art News, ID, Art & Antiques, and Vogue.

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