About


“At moments when our attention is painfully acute, we notice peripheral things...as if to reaffirm to ourselves our basic irresponsibility.”
- E. L. Doctorow, The Waterworks, 1994

Using drawing, painting, video, projection, documentation and collaboration, my work attempts a manifestation of the liminal, transitory qualities of attention and mediation. Focusing on phenomena common to human life yet often taken for granted or relegated to the periphery, my intent is to generate direct, physical encounters with a landscape on the threshold of perception, a place on the edge of change and the act of paying attention to attention in the age of manic-mediation.



Susan Main uses painting, drawing, video and projection to explore individual and social contracts between space, time and attention, pairing the unmediated event with tools that attempt to measure, define, locate and orient. She received an MFA in Painting from the University of Maryland at College Park and an MFA in Interactive Media and Digital Arts from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Her paintings and drawings have been exhibited nationally including selected solo exhibitions at the Hosfelt Gallery (San Francisco) and the Peng Gallery (Philadelphia). Awards include a Juror’s Merit Award in the New American Talent exhibition juried by Lisa Phillips, a Full Fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center and the RTKL Fellowship. A current collaboration with artists in Afghanistan involves live and recorded video/audio exchanges of small, measured plots of ground, sky and everyday activities. Main’s work is in numerous collections including Reuters (San Francisco). She is the Curator and Director of Galleries and Exhibition Programming at VisArts in Rockville, Maryland.