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Susannah at SAW

(Written 18 August 2006)

A mannequin wears a black silk taffeta dress by John Galliano for Christian Dior Haute Couture spring/summer 1998, in the New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art “AngloMania, Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion” exhibition, curated by the museum’s Costume Institute. (Photo/Richard Drew)

As part of a recent invitational residency at SAW (organised by New York based artist Jill Epstein) Susannah Wesley prowled abandoned graveyards, visited the MET Anglomania exhibition and reconsidered the role of collaborative art practices in community settings.

Salem Art Works (SAW) is an independent artists’ community where experienced artists and newcomers alike can work, exhibit, and nurture new ideas. Situated 200 miles north of New York City on 120 acres of rolling hillsides in Salem, New York. SAW’s intimate campus is surrounded by thick woods, running streams, ponds, pastures, and rustic outbuildings that reflect its history as a working dairy farm.

Jill Epstein is a New York based artist working with photography, video and installation. She has exhibited internationally including the Melbourne biennial in Australia. The focus of her work is observing behavior of individuals and their interaction in communities and urban environments. She taught photography, video, film and animation at Pratt Institute, Pace University and Fairleigh Dickinson University and will be teaching at a Shanghai School of Animation in the Summer of 2006. http://www.jillepstein.com

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