Award Winners / Artist Profile

About the Artist

Susan Robb’s practice is an ongoing exploration of the interrelatedness of people and place. By drawing on her own travel experiences, the utopian thought at play in intentional communities, and the hands-on ethos of DIY subcultures, she depicts the kaleidoscopic relationship we have with our surroundings. She combines poetic applications of technology (from muscle wire circuitry to methane digesters), an interrogation and manipulation of materials (giant black plastic bags to cultured crystals), and a re-purposing of forms and sites (bike parking-as-social hub; hiking trail-as-game space). Robb is unquestionably interested in involving rather then addressing her viewers. Works such as Sleeper Cell Training Camp, The Long Walk, and Scent of the Trails require spontaneous involvement from her audience and in return deliver a reordering of the expected relationships to each other and their surroundings.  In 2008 Robb was awarded a Seattle Mayor’s Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs' CityArtist Project.

Susan received a 2011 GAP to create a three-month long exhibition entitled Floating Gold in a storefront space she received through the Seattle’s Store Front Project. Through the course of this exhibition Susan will use Seattle as a laboratory where she transmutes experience and location into fragrance. Due to support from a GAP, Susan can purchase a quality essential oil distilling apparatus allowing her greater control and access to the wide variety of fragrances of Seattle and the necessary glassware, bottles, jars, and vials to run and stock this three-month long exhibition.

Susan received a 2008 GAP that helped fund the US tour of her outdoor, kinetic installation Warmth, Giant Black Toobs. She also received an Artist Trust Fellowship in 2002.

Information included above was provided by artist at the time of application.