May 31st, 2013
As part of her on going investigation into people, place and our search for utopia, Susan Robb created Upper Kingdom, idiosyncratic photographs of rocks she collected during a month of hiking in California’s Santa Cruz Mountains, brought back to her studio and embellished with paint, chains, sequins, and reflective tape as well as small wooden tables, backpacks, and plinths. The resulting photographs are portraits of landscapes - both internal and external. They not only describe the terrain Susan hiked through; the motif of mountain crest, pasture and ocean, the capricious cloud cover, the intensity of reflected light, but they also envision states of being and the absurd props and burdens we all employ and carry as we navigate our relationships with ourselves and the people we care about the most.
High, Hot Meadow