The social implications of visual and material culture deeply interest me. I am invested in the fields of craft and art because as material culture, they suggest cultural histories, beliefs, values, and ideas that may contradict or inform written history. I believe in studio-based practices because they enable artists to interrogate ideas in ways that are researched and critical, yet speculative and open to a range of often unexpected outcomes. My own studio practice is in many ways discipline specific, and is rooted in an examination of jewelry and luxury goods as its subject. I am interested in the possibilities of working within the conditions that frame the discipline of Jewelry & Metalsmithing, and in mining the history, objects and subjects embedded in the field as content. What interests me about working within these limitations are the possibilities for reconsidering ideas within the field in an expanded way. While my subject is discipline specific, my research is a synthesis of ideas from a range of disparate disciplinary inquiries, enabling me to consider specific ideas from an expansive vantage point.
Susie Ganch, born 1970, is an artist currently living in Richmond, VA. She received her BS and MFA from University of Wisconsin-Madison. Ganch is Associate Professor and Head of the Metal Program for the Department of Craft and Material Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). She is also the Director of Radical Jewelry Makeover, an international jewelry mining and recycling project that continues to travel across the country and abroad.
Ganch's most recent solo exhibitions include 2014's TIED, an ArtForum Critics’ pick at Richmond Visual Arts Center, Richmond, VA, and 2015’s Land and Sea at Sienna Patti Contemporary in Lenox, MA. Her work has been included in museum exhibitions around the world including the Design Museum, London; the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia; Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, Japan and Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington, NC. Current and upcoming museum exhibitions include the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI, and the Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI. Public collections include Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA, and Asheville Art Museum, NC.
Susie Ganch is a recipient of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship, Peter S. Reed Foundation Grant, Theresa Pollack Fine Art Award, a VA Commission for the Arts Grant, and multiple VCU Faculty Research Grants.