Susan Hall has exhibited her work in the United States and abroad for the last fifty years. She has had solo shows at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Her artistic vision and experience are represented in three books: Painting Point Reyes (2002) captures, in the tradition of Chinese landscape painting, the land, sea and sky of remembered experience; Home Before Dark (2005) celebrates the daylight and moonlight as they affect the sensuous richness in nature; and River Flowing Home (2010), a creative biography, is the story of her life as an artist.
Out of the Fire: The Ceramic Art of Susan Hall features Hall in conversation with Douglas Cruickshank, and is an exploration of Hall’s adventures with ceramics. Hall’s ceramics feature dozens of subjects, from mice to sheep to persimmons to dogs. Her plates featuring mice and their love of cheese have been sold through Tomales Bay Foods/ Cowgirl Creamery for over 20 years.
This book captures Susan’s relationship to and lifelong love of West Marin, and the special attributes it has. She states, “It [my art] is an homage in the sense that I experienced a rich human community embedded in a soulful landscape [in West Marin]. The ceramics are an expression of devotion and loyalty to that environment. Landscape and community intertwine with my own life’s journey, a theme I repeat often in my artwork. When you look at all my work, there are significant recurring themes about journeys.”
The author, Douglas Cruickshank, has been a writer and editor for more than 30 years. His first book, Somehow: Living on Uganda Time, received rave reviews in the Chicago Tribune and numerous other papers. It was named 2014 Photography Book of the Year by the Peace Corps Writers Association. His second book, The Glass Cake, an anthology of travel essays and profiles of artists and writers, was released in early 2018. Cruickshank has been an editor/writer at Salon, Web Editor for Edutopia, and the website of the George Lucas Educational Foundation.
“Susan Hall’s life as an artist is as soulful and imaginative and full of beauty and joy as her work. It’s wonderfully inspiring to spend time in these pages.”--Elizabeth McKenzie, award-winning author of The Portable Veblen
12 1/4” x 10 1/2” x 1”
270 pages, over 220 color plates
Written by Douglas Cruickshank
Published by Green Bridge Press, 2018.
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Susan Hall's memoir begins and ends on the beautiful rugged Northern California peninsula of Point Reyes where her imagination was first awakened as a child and continues to enthrall viewers with its poetic vision.
River Flowing Home has over 20 full color plates of paintings from Susan's artistic career and over 100 photos and plates of art work and sketches from her life which begins in Point Reyes then New York City where she lived for over 20 years and then back to Point Reyes. With humor and inspiration she shares with the reader 50 years of life experience as an artist. Art processes that helped her come to the core of her artistic self are described in detail as well as experiences that contributed to her personal growth.
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Home Before Dark has 23 full color plates of landscape paintings by Susan Hall. Sea and fog, night and day, and the jewel ranges of dark and light that make up the moods of geography and weather exemplify the deep connection that Ms. Hall has with her subject matter. (2005)
The color plates in "Painting Point Reyes" are of landscapes of the Point Reyes area. The three essays are written by well known writer and journalist Judy Coburn, John Clarke art historian, and artist Susan Hall. Coburn's essay is about the cultural history of Point Reyes, Clarke discusses the art historical aspects of Hall's work and Susan Hall writes about her relationship to the landscape paintings in the book.
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