Art that mimics life's imperfections on display at Houghton House
(April 8, 2005) GENEVA, N.Y.—Houghton House Gallery at Hobart and William Smith Colleges announces a show of the paintings of New York City artist Susan Daykin. In this collection of her work, Daykin has used a grid pattern as a structural base and worked to make each rectangular division a unique composition that also relates to the other rectangles. Her work is on display through Friday, April 22. A closing reception will be held from 7 until 9 p.m. that day at the gallery, preceded by a talk about her work at 4 p.m. Houghton House is located on King's Lane, on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus. The talk and reception are free and open to the public.
The paintings on display are collages with varying textures, using scraps such as old wallpaper, oil cloth and plastic. The grid patterns are also made from found materials, including photocopies from the inside pattern of bank envelopes.
“The materials I used in my work are from everyday life,” says Daykin. “I’m an admirer of artisanry made by 'ordinary' people the world over. Art, to me, is for everyone by everyone, not restricted to especially talented 'masters'. Everything I make is irregular, imperfect, which to me equates with the imperfections of life.”
Daykin holds a bachelor's degree from Washington University and a master's degree from Indiana University. Her work has been exhibited, both solo and in a group, throughout the U.S., most frequently in the Bowery Gallery, in New York City, and in Japan. She has also given lectures on her work at American University, the Art Student League and at Hobart and William Smith, where she has also previously exhibited her work.