photo: Paul Teeling

Born and raised first in urban, industrial New Jersey as a child, then in a small New Hampshire town, Susan Mikula now divides her time between rural Western Massachusetts and New York City. Her work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States, including in New York, San Francisco, Miami and Los Angeles. In 2017 she will be delivering site-specific works for the U.S. Consulate in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, commissioned by and for the Art in Embassies program.

Mikula shoots exclusively with instant films in a variety of cameras, many of them vintage Polaroids using past-expiration Polaroid films. Working only with available light, and without cropping or image manipulation, her technique strips away detail and softens edges to better reveal the underlying and essential form and feeling of her subject.