Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art
Susan Camp works as a sculptor and printmaker with a focus on minimizing the environmental impact of her practice. Her work reflects concern and fascination with the manipulation of species in a landscape dominated by corporate farming.
For the past decade she has been constraining and manipulating growing gourds in molds she makes from construction materials and doll forms. The resulting hybrid-gourd forms reference their origins as mass-produced shapes and body parts, but have individual mutations determined by the struggle of the fruit growing in constraints.
Together with Brooklyn based artist/educator Traci Molloy she co-founded the Lithops collective, a collaborative group dedicated to social practice. Their current project, Harvesting Identity, will serve as a catalyst for changing the way we view our food production and consumption practices. The first phase of the project will be Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School in the Bronx, where participants will grow self-portrait shaped vegetables at the school garden.
Susan’s work has been exhibited nationally and in Ireland. She is the recipient of a Maine Arts Commission/Harry Faust art Fund public sculpture grant.
She earned an MFA in visual art from Vermont College, and has been teaching printmaking, sculpture and foundations courses at the University of Maine since 2001.