For her Schroeder Romero Editions debut, Susan Graham has made four small porcelain beds, each in an edition of 25. These delicate, beautiful sculptures, each hand-crafted by the artist, are collectively titled Insomnia.
This multiple directly relates to much of Susan Graham’s work over the last few years having to do with insomnia or with the fears (of guns, of tornadoes, of isolation) which contribute to insomniac musings. The condition of insomnia is in opposition to the state of dreaming—or insomnia at least precludes dreaming—yet the outcome of prolonged lack of sleep is a dreamlike state. Graham’s sculptures and installations use repetitive acts or actions (often resulting in the making of a multitude of similar objects) and images and linking them to a particular psychological state. The ongoing processes of this work refer to insomnia; thoughts spin continually and uncontrollably and sleep is unobtainable.
Graham has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards including New York Foundation for the Arts fellowships, Pollock-Krasner Foundation Sculpture grant, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council residency, a residency at the Lux Art Institute among others. She has exhibited widely nationally and internationally in galleries and museums and has had three solo shows with Schroeder Romero.