The Heroine’s Journey of Susan Melrath

What is the best thing that I love about my work? The best thing about my work is that it is a mirror of my life, and teaches me so much. There are parallels between what’s happening in the studio and what’s happening in other areas of my inner and outer worlds. Everything is related, and there is wisdom to be gleaned in the creative process.
What is my idea of perfect happiness? Trusting that everything is as it should be.
What is my greatest fear?That harm would come to my son, or someone I love.
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? Self doubt.
Which living persons in my profession do I most admire? I admire and respect all artists – poets, dancers, musicians – who dedicate their lives to bringing us magic, wonder and mystery.
What is my greatest extravagance? Taking time to do nothing.
On what occasion would I lie? That’s complicated, isn’t it? Maybe if the truth would not be helpful to anyone.
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? The space between what I strive to make, and what I make.
When and where was I the happiest, in my work? When I discovered that’s it’s okay to follow my curiosity, and not know the outcome.
If I could, what would I change about myself?  It may be silly and superficial, but I’d drop 10 pounds. Okay, 20.
What is my greatest achievement in work? To have been persistent enough to remain an artist, finding new ways to grow and expand my career.
Where would I most like to live? Right where I am. The small town where I was born and raised, where I am surrounded by my own history, family and friends, and where I can share my gifts, and give back to my community. Or…a small Greek island.
What is my most treasured possession? My studio.
What is my most marked characteristic? My smile.
What is my most inspirational location, in my city? My studio.
What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? At my friend, Billy’s, who has a regular potluck with friends who bring delicious food, and play banjos, fiddles, and guitars after dinner.
What books influenced my life and how? James Hollis’ “Through the Dark Wood; Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life.”” I read this in my fifties, when big changes were happening for me, and still refer to it often. It really helped me to get back to my true self both in life and in my work.
Who are my favorite writers? Tom Robbins, because he is a master of metaphor, lyrical and descriptive observations. Not particularly prolific. He’s only published about eight or nine books since the 1970s. He writes his books in longhand and typically spends about three years to get it done. Possibly best known for his second novel “Even Cowgirls Get The Blues. One of my favorite metaphors is, “In the haunted house of life, art is the only stair that doesn’t creak.”
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? Very sad music!
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Anne of Green Gables for her imagination and romantic spirit.
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? There are so many heroes and heroines in the world, quietly doing important work. Artists, of course, and people who work for social justice, animal welfare, environmental protection…the list is long.
Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? That’s just not fair. There are so many good stories and beautifully made movies. I couldn’t possibly pick just one.
What role plays art in my life and work? Art, my work, has taught me to take risks, follow my curiosity and trust my intuition, allowing me to live a life that feels authentic.
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?  David, my partner.
Whom would I like to work with in 2018? People with BIG ideas
Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2018? Anyone who wants to create or learn.
What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on? Finishing up my current body of work and starting a new series.
Where can you see me or my work in 2018? On my website, on Instagram and Facebook
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? I love that quote. The beautiful thing about being an artist is that the journey is never-ending.
Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story? Kerry Schroeder, Cheryl Taves, Terri Froelich

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