Abramson Family Crest / Sue Abramson




ink-jet print and elephant ear leaves

Artist Statement
For many years I’ve been planting Elephant Ear bulbs in the garden and harvesting the leaves at the end of the growing season for photographic work. Initially I use these leaves as negatives to produce black and white photograms and then freeze them for future projects. Eventually all the leaves are left out to dry. This wall hanging was created from a pile of dried leaves, all of which have their own picture history. Since the birth of my son, my art has been connected to the garden and its inherent rituals and cycles. For that reason, my garden images have always been about living and working through life and loss. It only seemed natural, therefore, that this piece for the hearth should represent both family and home.
About the Artist
Sue Abramson is currently an Associate Professor of Photography at Pittsburgh Filmmakers where she has been teaching for twenty years. Abramson has shown her work nationally and regionally including exhibitions at the Houston Center for Photography, the Visual Studies Workshop and the Carnegie Museum of Art. Her photographs have been published in Extended Frames, Pittsburgh Revealed: Photographs Since 1850 and in the Pinhole Journal. Her work is in numerous collections including the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Allentown Art Museum and the Polaroid Collection.
March 25 – August 7, 2011
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