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Susan Gilbert Harvey is a visual artist and writer. She graduated in art history, and studied advanced design.
In 1979 Harvey began creating sculpture from found objects and household implements. In Washington, DC, she created assemblage-portraits of powerful men in American society. This show, “Capital Profiles,” prompted Jo Ann Lewis of The Washington Post to call Harvey “a master of the visual double-entendre.” Harvey’s work explores women’s issues in environments such as “Silver Shackles and Gilded Cages.”
In 1985 Harvey created “Standing Ovation,” the annual Vernal Equinox Egg Balance in Rome, Georgia. Her interest in seasonal rituals has inspired the construction of large sundials and labyrinths with the appearance of costumed characters (“The Dotty Birds”) for auspicious solar events.
Susan Harvey was the first visual artist chosen by the Georgia Council for the Arts for the Georgia Touring Roster; she received Individual Artist Grants from the GCA for the exhibits “Blood Root” and “The Dew Sweeper.” She was the 1995 Artist of the Year for the Rome Area Council for the Arts. In 1997 she received a “Women in the Visual Arts Award” from the Georgia Commission on Women. Susan Harvey presented a thirty-year retrospective of her sculpture at the Moon Gallery of Berry College, Mt. Berry, Georgia in 1999.
In her visual narrative “Role Call,” Harvey portrays the classic “Southern Belle” who is mysteriously transformed into the mighty “Junk Woman.” Other characters in this autobiographical myth include “Monk Woman,” “Florence Day and Nightingale,” and “The Lunatic Moth.”
In 2005 Susan Gilbert Harvey published a book about her great-aunt, Anna McNulty Lester, a nineteenth-century artist from Rome, Georgia. Using Anna’s letters and her own experiences in Paris, Harvey tells a layered story of two artists in two centuries. In September 2005 Harvey conducted a walking tour of Anna Lester’s Paris neighborhood as part of the Hollins reunion.