We are proud to present the Artist of the Month for March & April of 2014, Susan Lirakis who is a prize-winning lifelong photographer living in Center Sandwich. As antidote for this cold snowy March we are trudging through, come feast your eyes on her stunning collection of photos called “Looking At Gardens”. They will help you remember that gardening season is coming soon.
Lirakis’s 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.
“Like a dream or memory, an image can be difficult to grasp, and can influence thought, feeling, or action. My images are inquiries into life: growth and evolution, death and loss, family and solitude, and new possibility. I use my photographs, and the act of photographing, to transform, to regenerate, to create, and to remember. Gardens, of course, manifest great beauty, but they also exhibit impermanence—everything grows. For me, my work is an alchemical means of exploration and expression. In this work, I capture moments of the spirit of things growing and changing, the quietness or mystery of an area, and unrestrained beauty. I practice my discipline of looking, to engage awareness, appreciation, and expression of inner and outer worlds.”