“Catharsis”…..the powerful emotional, psychological and physical process that consists of bringing to the surface the intensifying and purging of emotions….a self-portrait in glass.
Artist Susan Burton has focused on sculptural and public mosaic art. She works closely with clients to develop creative projects that are site-specific and community based. As a perpetual student she explores the creative relationships between history and environments. Reiki, Mandalas and Archetypal studies have influenced her work. These processes have been used in many ancient cultures to seek inner symbolic and psychological connections. Burton received a degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in Interior Design with a double minor in Art and Architecture. As a member of the Society of American Mosaic Artists she has studied with teachers from around the world. Her work has been featured in media, books and publications. The power of symbols, light and learning influence Burton’s experimentation from a traditional perspective as well as medium contradictions.
Burton is a public artist, educator and community builder specializing in developing large scale sculptures and mosaic projects. All ages of community participants are trained to do mosaic on public art projects. Through the creation of site-specific works of art positive community engagement is fostered. Burton feels that her public art projects impact economic development, offers art education and provides participants with collaboration opportunities, creative exploration, team building and collective purpose. Her work can be found in public spaces, parks, schools and commercial and residential settings.
Sculpture & Mosaics
Artistic inspirations are created using concrete, metals and mosaics with many different sculptural techniques. Utilizing both natural and manmade materials Burton creates inspiring projects.
She teaches at her extensive home studio and captures her own visions in many sculptures on her ten acre mini-farm. Her passion for art tests not only inspirational limits but limits of herself as an artist.