We are proud to present the Artist of the Month for May & June of 2012, Susan Lirakis who is a prize-winning lifelong photographer living in Center Sandwich. Of her work, Lirakis says:
Photographing has become a sacred act for me. It is a dream time, a language of image and experience. It is an exploration of the territory of symbol, myth and archetypal realities. When I photograph, I am in the place of my soul’s longing. I travel into the silence of the space between words to discover the emotional and spiritual conditions of the world and to taste the infinite.
Although all photographic work, at some level, is a mirror for who we are, I work additionally and more directly with myself in an exploration of my personal mythology. I make self-portraits using long exposures and little available light. This work has been supported in part by the NH State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
My photographic work also reflects my education in Family Services. I have long photographed mothers and daughters, senior citizens, sisters. I have a twenty-year on-going collection that is a visual census of our town. In 1991, working closely with the Tibetan Women’s Association and the Tibetan Nuns Project, I made portraits of nuns and families in an effort to foster awareness of and find support for the condition of Tibetan people and under Chinese occupation.
Her work has been published in multiple books and periodicals such as Tricycle: The Buddhist Review (NYC), The Sun (Chapel Hill, NC), For Kid’s Sake. Photographs of Today’s Youth (Photographic Resource Center & WBZ-TV). She has exhibited widely, from the Contemporary Arts Forum in Santa Barbara, CA to the Currier Museum in NH, from Haines Gallery in San Francisco to the Danforth Museum in MA, from the Society of Contemporary Photography in Kansas City to the Fremantle Arts Center in Australia. Awards and fellowships for further advancement of my work have been received through the NH State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the League of NH Craftsmen, the Clowes Foundation, and McLaughlin residency fellowship.