Susan Seddon Boulet (American, b. Brazil 1941-1997) lived life in search of the magnificent. As a child growing up on a Brazilian farm she developed a deep affection for animals and loved making colorful sketches of them. From these formative experiences, she found her destiny, one that deeply affected people all over the world.
Beginning in the 1970s, Boulet created well over two thousand pieces of art. Through most of her career she drew inspiration from the shamanic tradition and Native American themes. Her highly personal style offers glimpses of possibilities and of other worlds; it became renowned for fantastical creatures that rise from the misty land of dreams and lead to the outer limits of the imagination.
Boulet was also known for her finely detailed portraits within portraits, which explored the mysterious inner world of spiritual symbols and archetypes. By her skilled hand and inspired vision, a numinous dimension came into being, exquisitely displayed in vivid, living, breathing detail. Boulet's art resonates with all who have journeyed within to find a deeper personal truth. Her images have helped guide many along a road of self-discovery that leads, as psychologist Carl G. Jung once put it, "back to the deepest springs of life."
Boulet never lost the lighthearted manner of her youth. Even as she explored the darker aspects of the psyche in her work and began her long struggle with cancer, she retained an energy, honesty, and warmth that endeared her to many.
This retrospective by Michael Babcock recounts Susan Boulet's artistic development and celebrates her extraordinary personal journey. It includes more than two hundred reproductions of her paintings, some never before published.
|Publisher:||Pomegranate Communications, Inc.|
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Table of Contents
|Chapter 1||Roots: Childhood and Teen Years, 1941 to 1958||1|
|Birth and Early Childhood|
|A Crisis of Withdrawal|
|School in Switzerland|
|Development of Her Art|
|Pioneering in Brazil|
|Chapter 2||A Young Woman in Brazil, 1958 to 1967||19|
|Life in Sao Paulo|
|Art in Sao Paulo|
|A Trip to California|
|Chapter 3||An Artist Emerges, 1967 to 1980||35|
|Beginning Life in the United States|
|An Established Style|
|Susan's Method of Work|
|Friendships and Stature Expand|
|The Jungian World|
|Career Development in the Mid-Seventies|
|Chapter 4||Susan's Career Matures, 1980 to 1989||103|
|Her Art as SelfWork|
|Chapter 5||The Final Years, 1989 to 1997||181|
|Personal Trials and Growth|
|How Susan Worked|
|Successes in the Nineties|
|Life in the Later Nineties|
|Appendix 1||The Anais Nin Introduction||243|
|Appendix 2||Selected List of Published Works||244|
|The Susan Seddon Boulet Fellowship||246|
|List of Artworks||250|