Susan Hagen's Wood Carvings

"I have a deep interest in the human condition, and in all of the subtle manifestations of its beauty and peculiarity. Over the past few years my work has evolved to include a level of discourse on political and social issues in contemporary society. My recent work has involved studying the unique attributes of individuals and defining features of a community. I’m interested in everyone from in the most heroic to the most troubling representatives of humanity, including soldiers, office workers, prison inmates, kids, the homeless and other marginalized people." - Susan Hagen

Susan Hagen is a sculptor who resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She received an MFA in sculpture from the Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA in sculpture and drawing from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Her work is has been featured in exhibitions at museums and galleries throughout the United States, such as the World Tattoo Gallery in Chicago, del Mano Gallery in Los Angeles, the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art in Boulder, CO, Miami Basel, and Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia. Ms. Hagen has received fellowships from the George Sugarman Foundation, the Leeway Foundation, and the Independence Fellowships in the Arts. She teaches at Bucks County Community College in Newtown, PA, at Penland School of Craft in Penland, NC, and at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Aspen, CO, and has written reviews and articles for the Philadelphia City Paper, Woodwork, Hand Papermaking, and many other publications.

Recollection Tableaux
Carvings inspired by life at the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia.
Facts and Fables: Stories of the Natural World
An outdoor group exhibit with Susan Hagen's carvings of marine life affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Teenager Project
A series of carved-wood sculptures of real teenagers as they attempt to define their identities in modern culture.
Animalia Rarissima
A series of small carved and painted wood monuments for endangered and threatened species.
The Lost Army
A series of carved-wood soldiers complete with gear and weapons commemorating soldiers who lost their lives in Iraq.
Tree Carpet Project
Over two dozen carvings out of the 60 created for this project, which was inspired by a Persian carpet in the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

A Personal Vision
Carvings from the mid-90's
Fourteen Stations
The Stations of the Cross reimagined. A collaboration between artist Susan Hagen and writer Mike Walsh.

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