About the Artist

Susan Middleton works from her studio and teaches art in Toronto.  The joy of art  throughout her twenty year career as artist and teacher has taken her on many adventures.  Her love of medieval history and literature, art and architecture has lead her to explore her visual expression through photography, painting and drawing and more recently in woven tapestry.

Her work is in private collections in Canada, United States, France, Belgium and Great Britain.  In May 2010 her solo exhibition, Passages: Travels with Eleanor, at the Runnymede Public Library in Toronto, featured work from a four year multimedia project inspired by the life of Eleanor of Aquitaine. In the fall of 2009 one of her photographs was published as a cover design for Women and the Divine in Literature: Essays in Memory of Margot Lewis, the University of Victoria, ELS editions.  In 2005/2006 her work was part of a juried exhibition, Triple X, celebrate the 30th anniversary of Visual Arts Ontario. This exhibition was held at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto and travelled to The Thunder Bay Art Gallery and The Art Gallery of Algoma, Sault Ste. Marie.  

Susan studied weaving and design at the Ontario College of Art and Design, Liberal and Fine Arts at Glendon College, York University, photography at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute and life drawing at George Brown College. In 2011 she completed advanced studies in high warp tapestry technique, at the VASA weaving studio in Oudenaarde, Belgium. 

Artist Statement

My work explores light and shadow as it passes through time and place. It was inspired  by medieval Spain, Turkey, France and Italy, places that have special significance to the life of Eleanor of Aquitaine.  During the past four years I have traced of some her story and created my personal meditations on her life. What you see is part of a series, selected from 3,000 images, photographs and sketches. My research has taken me to some of the places in her life and my imagination and  memory have created the art. These images are not intended to follow a story line, instead another kind of story has evolved.  Stone, glass and wood are what remains, the traces of a life.