Susan Moldenhauer’s sweeping meditation on the Trump administration is deceptively beautiful, with images as soaring as the western skies she resides under, but when paired with words, the images are empowered with purpose. — Billy Howard, curator, Election 2020: What Matters
Recently, a selection of my View from Home | Season IV images–all made since the onset of the COVIC-19 pandemic–were selected for publication in the online photography magazine called South X Southeast. Curated by photographer and writer Billy Howard, the series Election 2020: What Matters poses a compelling idea in this pandemic age of social isolation–to consider a series by artists thinking about the future as we approach the presidential election. The result is an intriguing collection of essays that explore what is occupying artists and writers’ minds and work in considering What Matters Now. Published in July 2020, this and the next three issues of South X Southeast photomagazine will include essays on this topic.
I wish to express my sincere thanks to Billy Howard and publisher Nancy McCrary for including my work in this important series.
This Is A Transformative Experience: We Will Never Be The Same (April 3, 2020)
With many galleries closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic, online exhibition opportunities are becoming more frequent. This year, Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, OR initiated an inaugural online members exhibition. Called Visualizing 2020, members were asked to submit photo-based work that reflects their experiences in 2020 and their visions for the next six months. From more than 100 submissions, 242 images were selected for the exhibition. I was pleased to be included with images representing my View from Home series and made since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
I was pleased to have my panorama, Home of the Big Cone, Farson, WY 2017, selected for the live auction of the 2020 Annual Benefit for the Missoula Art Museum. The Missoula Art Museum brings important contemporary art to the northern Rocky Mountain region and I am happy to support them this year. Thank you to the auction jury for accepting my work for the 48th Benefit Auction.
Home of the Big Cone, Farson, WY 2017, installation view, Yellowstone Art Museum
I was very pleased to be included in the North X Northwest at the Yellowstone Art Museum. An inaugural annual, national juried exhibition for the museum, it was juried by Julia Andrews and presented 60 diverse works by artists representing 18 states. The exhibition was on view July 18 – September 22, 2019.
Sequencing Through Time and Place: The Carissa Mine opened to the public on February 8, 2019 at the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum in Leadville, CO. The exhibit runs through September 2019.
Sequencing Through Time and Place: The Carissa Mine presents a contemporary response to place through works that explore the physical, historical, and cultural aspects of the historic Carissa Mine utilizing photography, mixed media, video and performance. As the first contemporary response to the mine, its history, architecture, and specialness of place, a new perspective on mining culture and industry is presented that pays homage to its past and celebrates its history.
Wendy Lemen Bredehoft, Susan Moldenhauer, and Margaret Wilson – mixed media artist, photographer, and dancer – have been working together under the name Sequencing since 2009. Their work explores the fundamentals of the creative process and how artists perceive, respond to and convey place through different expressive lenses. They have worked side by side in Wyoming, London, Venice, and the Carissa Mine at the South Pass City Historical Site in Central Wyoming.
Sequencing Through Time and Place: The Carissa Mine has been funded in part by the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, and the development of the work was sponsored by the Friends of South Pass City and the Wyoming Arts Council through the Wyoming State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.