statement & bio
In my studio practice I instinctively and repeatedly recognize myself on a mission without a clear idea of the formal outcome. Whether in the technique of drawing, linocut, woodcut, paper relief sculpture, ceramic, pulp painting, artist’s books or encaustic painting, a project stems from emotional impetus usually without formal definition.
The reason for working, however, is always clear in my mind. I am compelled to relive a place or an experience—the narrative of a site, contemplating natural or architectural phenomena, awareness of a moment in the world. I work towards an allusion to this thing, via the inexactitude of memory and the full range of physical senses.
The sciences of geology, anthropology, and physics guide my lifelong curiosity in time perception, evolutionary development, capacity for change with both poetic and philosophical internalization of what I observe or uncover.
As an artist, I am in my preferred place in a long and physical process of making. During this a vivid connection with the material as well as the concept, the reason for being, roots me in my work.
Lynn Sures is a multidisciplinary artist in drawing, printmaking, papermaking, ceramic sculpture, encaustic painting, artist’s books, and forged steel.
Recent exhibitions include “This Really Is My Thing” in St. Paul, MN, “De La Tierra” at UNAM in Mexico City, Mexico; “Strange Rocks” in Baltimore, MD,“Navigating Below the Surface” at Isik University, Istanbul, Turkey; and “Body Art” at the Fortezza Medicea Girifalco di Cortona, Italy.
The United States Department of State, the US Library of Congress, Yale University, and the American Museum of Papermaking include Lynn’s work in their collections. Lynn’s artist's books appear in several published collections, such as Authentic Visual Voices, 1000 Artists’ Books, Penland Book of Handmade Books, 500 Artist Books and the 2010 “Paper in Motion” portfolio published by Hand Papermaking..
She has exhibited and created works for international events in Australia and Japan; and in Sri Lanka, where she was invited as a U.S. State Department American Artist Abroad. Lynn has just completed a commissioned edition of woodcuts on handmade paper for the University of Chicago. Awards include grants from her home state of Maryland and from the George Sugarman Foundation, California. She is a Professor, and the Chair of the Department of Fine Arts at the Corcoran College of Art + Design, Washington, DC.