Susan Mannion

I am a full-time professional artist and curator who is passionate about enamelling and printmaking, in particular, the specialism of vitreous enamel on copper and wood engraving. I work with paper, wood, copper and steel, making my mark with ink and coloured glass, each transformed by pressure in a press or heat in a kiln, an alchemy. My work both embraces the tradition of enamelling and wood engraving, and also seeks to push the boundaries of these artforms. I am influenced by landscape and patterns in nature, fascinated by the meeting point or transition from one form to another, where water meets the shore or when hard architectural shapes are reflected on the soft forms of water in a river or lake surface. My work evolves from observed detail captured by sketching then laying down the image onto the vessel or copper plate surface creating intricate thread-like lines and fine textural incisions. It creates an atmospheric, surreal aesthetic, distilling a sense of place, time and memory.

Susan Mannion has over 20 years of curatorial experience. Her group exhibitions include: Royal Academy of Arts in London, Royal Scottish Academy, Royal Ulster Academy and Royal Hibernian Academy Exhibitions. Her solo exhibitions include: Strule Arts Centre in Omagh, Roscommon Visual Artists Forum for the Roscommon Arts Centre and the National Museum of Ireland. Her work has been presented to former President, Mary McAleese. She has been awarded international residencies in Japan, Art-Science, Assisi Award, AJ Wells on the Isle of Wight and KVO California and several in Ireland. She has received the Merrion Plinth Award and an award by the Enamel Artists of Japan in the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art.