Susannah Papish

Ova Anima

Solo Exhibition - Cultivator at Bray Grove Farm
Monday, Memorial Day, May 27, 2024, 2-5pm

Cultivator is pleased to present Susannah Papish’s painting exhibition, Ova Anima, during Bray Grove Farm’s Spring Farm Day. This exhibition coincides with Melissa Potter’s presentation of Dung Paper with Annabelle and Loretta. Susannah will exhibit egg tempera paintings sourced from the farm's duck eggs on handmade paper made by Melissa.

Please rsvp and join us on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27th from 2-5pm for art, conversation, light refreshments, and a day on our small holistic farm. Bray Grove Farm is located 70 miles southwest of Chicago in Grundy County. To confirm your attendance and receive directions and parking information, kindly email

For this exhibit at Cultivator, I created egg tempera using dry pigments and duck eggs from Bray Grove Farm. Using Melissa’s handmade paper, I made paintings with the tempera and in some cases, watercolor, gouache, and casein paints. Egg tempera is a stable paint that has been used for hundreds of years, and mostly maintains its depth of color. Color has been an important aspect of my research and paintings for many years. I gleaned the imagery in these paintings from my native garden, Lurie Garden in Chicago’s Millenium Park, and other native gardens in the Midwest. The basis of this work was guided by the ethos of Bray Grove Farm, the elemental connections to my observations of flowers and plants, and the sensuous qualities of hand-crafted materials.
- Susannah Papish

Susannah Papish is a Chicago-based artist, writer, curator and educator. She earned a MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BA in Art History from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her paintings have been exhibited at many Chicago-based spaces including Gallery 400, slow, and the Beverly Art Center. She is a recipient of grants from 3Arts, the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, the Hyde Park Art Center's Artists Run Chicago fund and the Illinois Arts Council.

Papish served a residency with The Center Program at The Hyde Park Art Center and was a visiting artist at the Chautauqua Institute. A limited edition artist book entitled Invisible Labors, co-authored with Melissa H. Potter was released in Spring 2023. The publication includes their collaboration of research, writings, and reproductions of her paintings, It is in the collections of the Field Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, Smithsonian Library, and numerous other public and private collections. She has taught at several colleges and universities in the Chicago area. Papish directs boundary, a contemporary visual arts project space founded in 2017, located in her renovated garage.

Top image: Milkweed, 2021, watercolor on paper, 12 x 9 inches

Bottom image: Sunflower, 2022, watercolor on paper, 12 x 9 inches


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