susan c. dessel

Image Above, Detail from Dessel's "WHEN..." Wood panel, Archival ink.

Image Above, Detail from Dessel’s “WHEN…” Wood panel, Archival ink.

About susan c. dessel’s work, “WHEN…”
Imagining Utopia in this dark moment in history, I combined text to create an image of a majestic Baobab, or Tree of Life. The Baobab, impressive in size and longevity, is valued for its fruit and bark which humans and animals use for survival. This image, composed of the word dignity, is framed by a phrase which reflects my current vision of Utopia:
“when all jeering stops and evil evaporates,
when the reign of violence vanishes from Earth”
(from Mahzor Lev Shalem, Rabbinical Assembly)


Winter 2018

The Time for Home Exhibit

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Leave Your Swords at the Door


Curated by Haifa Bint-Kadi and sponsored by the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, the work in this group exhibit presented the artists’ perspectives on building bridges and fighting hate, negative stereotyping and prejudice.

Among the work exhibited was Artist susan c. dessel’s Installation PIECES OF PEACE: thirty-six hand carved Olivewood pieces with handwritten excerpts from the Oslo Peace Accords.

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Curated by Dorit Jordon Dotan, this exhibit of work by twenty-two North American-based artists offered perspectives on the conflict in the Middle East.

Dessel’s Installation PIECES of PEACE was on view to the public here at the Evanston Art Center for the first time.

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"Trees of Life and Evil Eyes: A Contemporary Take on Superstition, Symbols and Mysticism"

susan c. dessel’s “ph! ph! ph!…” was among the work in “Trees of Life and Evil Eyes: A Contemporary Take on Superstition, Symbols and Mysticism”

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