Susan Aurinko is a professional curator, life-long artist, and photographer of Loyola University Museum of Art’s upcoming exhibition, Searching for Jehanne — the St Joan of Arc Project. Aurinko’s travels in France sparked a personal obsession with the figure of Joan of Arc, and led her to visit and photograph all the sites where Joan of Arc had visited during her life. Aurinko then superimposed images of depictions St. Joan from artists and sculptors onto her photographed sites to create beautiful photo-based objects. This exhibition explores the iconographic female saint through the lens of popular culture, literature, feminism, and theology.
Aurinko came to photography through art school, at which she studied painting, graphic design, and filmmaking. She says the skills she gained from all these different mediums has contributed to her success as a photographer. The goal of Aurinko’s photo series is to illuminate St. Joan of Arc as the feminist heroine that Aurinko sees the saint to be. Aurinko states that she did not set to find a feminist heroine when she began this project. However, Aurinko expresses that St. Joan of Arc’s short life, characterized by extreme courage, was exemplary and definitely feminist. Aurinko sees St. Joan as an appropriate heroine for young girls who may be confused or having trouble growing into strong and determined young women.
|Je Suis Cy Envoiee Par Dieu Le Roi du Ciel.http://aurinkophoto.com/joanofarc.html|
|And I Answered the Voice that I was a Poor Girl Who Knew Nothing of Riding and Warfare. http://aurinkophoto.com/joanofarc.html|
Check out the artist’s website here, http://aurinkophoto.com/joanofarc.html, and be sure to visit LUMA to see Searching for Jehanne — the St Joan of Arc Project on view July 1, 2017 through October 21, 2017.
Interview with the Artist, March, 20, 2017.