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Susan Cofer: Draw Near
May 29 – September 13, 2014

For more than three decades, Atlanta-based artist and Hollins alumna Susan Seydel Cofer ’64 has been recognized in the Southeast for her painstakingly delicate, abstract drawings. More recently, her work has been based upon wide-open panoramic landscapes and topographies, but retains the essence of the natural world that persists throughout her oeuvre. Organized by the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia, and curated by Michael Rooks, the High Museum’s Wieland Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Draw Near presents the first career survey of Cofer’s drawings. Rooks writes, “Cofer’s images evoke cycles of generation and regeneration, or biological reproduction and spiritual transmigration, and do not seem subject to the march of time toward notions of human progress… Each mark, like a heartbeat, is a reaffirmation of being in the present.” Similarly, Cofer’s sculptural portraits delight in humanity’s habits, quirks, and relationships. In The Compleat Jerry Cullum, she uses the art critic’s own words to clothe him, thereby slyly returning his own critique. An American Family as a Solar System depicts family members faithfully orbiting a central patriarch. Cofer’s works on paper and sculptural portraits are a testament to the mysteries of the universe, the nature of the divine, and the joy of daily life.

Susan Seydel Cofer received her B.A. in art history from Hollins in 1964 and went on to do postgraduate work in studio art at Georgia State University. Her work has been the subject of numerous exhibitions at museums such as Southeastern Museum of Contemporary Art, Winston Salem, North Carolina; the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta; the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia; and PS2 Paragon Studios Project Space, Belfast, Northern Ireland. In addition, her work is in several private, public, university, and museum collections nationwide.

Susan Cofer
Susan Cofer, Levavi Oculos, 2009. Colored pencil on paper. 10 x 12 inches. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Michael McKelvey
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