Susan Jamison (American, b. 1965, Connecticut) is best known for her intricate egg tempera paintings, which present a mystery cult of florid women who foray into the wild and commune with animal spirit guides or familiars, acting as avatars for the viewer’s imagination. These figures combine vulnerability and strength, sexuality and innocence, the magical with the natural. They are often tied or bound with delicately painted threads or lace and other references to domestic crafts. Jamison’s feminine iconography spans several media, including painting, drawing, textile based sculpture, and installation, all steeped in ritualistic and mythological associations.
Jamison received a B.F.A from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia (1988), and a M.F.A in painting from Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI (1991). Her works are held in the collections of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, The Mint Museum, The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University, Try-Me.org, POM International Corporation, and numerous private collections. Jamison lives and works in Roanoke, Virginia.