Susan Aaron-Taylor

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Susan Aaron-Taylor
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Susan Aaron

ResidencePleasant Ridge, Michigan
EducationMaster of Fine Arts, Cranbrook Academy of Art
Alma materWayne State University
Known forHer art works which are deeply rooted in traditions of alchemy/creative fantasy.
Notable work
Soul Shard #30, 2006[1]

Susan Aaron-Taylor is an American artist who creates mixed-media sculptures.[2] For forty years she was a professor at the Crafts Department of the College for Creative Studies, Detroit, Michigan.


Susan Aaron-Taylor was born 1947 in Brooklyn, New York.[3] She lives and creates art works in Pleasant Ridge, Michigan.[3]


Aaron-Taylor earned a Bachelor of Science at Wayne State University and a Master of Fine Arts at Cranbrook Academy of Art.[4] She served as the Section Chairperson of the Fiber Design Department[5] and Professor of the Crafts Department at the College for Creative Studies for over 40 years[6] in Detroit, Michigan.[4] When she retired, Aaron-Taylor was granted emeritus status.[7]

Aaron-Taylor is known for her artworks that draw inspiration from her knowledge of alchemy, story-telling, chemistry, Jungian psychology, philosophy, archetypes, and the Collective Unconscious.[1] She has exhibited for over thirty years[6] and her work has been included in permanent as well as private collections.

Style and technique[edit]

"Crystal Woman" sculpture by Susan Aaron-Taylor, American contemporary artist Composition: wood, handmade felt, jasper, crystal, bone and coral. Height ~ 10".

Aaron-Taylor has created a body of artwork that consists of modest-sized sculptural objects which depict fantasy-like figures recalled from her dreams, including dogs, cats and other small creatures. The distortions from the anatomical correctness of the objects results from a practice of using tree roots, affixing felt in multiple colors for the basis of the core figure's form. She hand-processes her own felt. which she uses emulate an animal's pelt. She incorporates other natural and man-made materials, such as gemstones, pieces of metal, teeth and bone.[2][8][9] She uses meditation and Jungian imagery as a source for inspirations.[2][9]

My dreams have been sourcing my creative life for over three decades. I continue to delight in discovering their essence, distilling and then sharing that one magical moment. My goal is to create clear, psychologically charged vignettes... I play with the symbols in my dreams as I embrace and tease out images from my unconscious that inspire and bring forth poignancy, humor and meaning.[10]

Significant works[edit]

Shows and collections[edit]

  • Selected one-person exhibitions[13][14][15][16]
  • Soul Shard #30, 2006; Wayne State University Art Permanent Collection, Detroit, MI[1]
  • Deity VIII, 1990; Cranbrook Art Museum Permanent Collection No. CAM 1992.17, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI.
  • Renaissance Center, Commissioned Wall Relief - Westin Hotels,Detroit, MI[4][14]
  • K-Mart Corporation, Permanent Collection, Troy, MI[4][14]


  • Dennis Alan Nawrocki; Steve Panton; Matthew Piper. "Essay'd 3: 30 Detroit artists". Wayne State University Press (2018). ISBN 9780814345870.[17]
  • Green, Roger. "Personal Paths In her mixed-media sculptures, Susan Aaron-Taylor re-creates the landscape of her dreams, informed by Carl Jung's spiritually charged concepts." American Craft Council 70, no. 6 (2010):30. ISSN 0194-8008.[18]
  • Cover.” Jung Journal: Culture & Psyche, vol. 4, no. 2, 2010, pp. C1–C4. JSTOR.
  • Carl Kamulski; Sisson Gallery. "2010 Motor City Revue: 38 Detroit artists". Henry Ford Community College (2010). OCLC no.: 608538323.[19]


  1. ^ a b c Lane Borden, Emily. "University Art Collection". Wayne State University. Retrieved 15 September 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d Green, Roger (December 6, 2010). "Deeply Felt Creations". American Craft Council. pp. 30–31. Retrieved September 15, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e Apel, Dora (5 September 2017). "77 Susan Aaron-Taylor". Essay'd. Retrieved 9 July 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d Atkinson, Scott (March 19, 2012). "Detroit Area Artist Susan Aaron-Taylor featured at Mott Community College Fine Arts Gallery". MLIVE Michigan. Retrieved July 10, 2019.
  5. ^ Wallace, San Dee (April 6, 2006). "Krasl Art Center presents 3 very different artists' works". The Herald-Palladium. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Strata". University of Michigan - NCRC. 5 September 2017. Retrieved 16 September 2019.
  7. ^ Perron, Michelle. "Susan Aaron-Taylor - Professor Emerita CCS". College for Creative Studies. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  8. ^ a b c McNichols, Mary (August 2009). "A Conversation with Susan Aaron-Taylor". Jung Journal: Culture & Psyche. 4 (2): 110–122. doi:10.1525/jung.2010.4.2.110. JSTOR 10.1525/jung.2010.4.2.110.
  9. ^ a b DeVito, Lee (June 10, 2015). "Susan Aaron-Taylor exhibits as one of three solo shows at N'Namdi Center for Contemporary Art". Detroit Metro Times. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  10. ^ "Susan Aaron-Taylor - Dream Games". River Gallery. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  11. ^ "A Detail From A 'Deity'". Detroit Free Press. February 27, 1992. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  12. ^ "Dream Games Series". College for Creative Studies. 16 July 2013. Retrieved 15 September 2019.
  13. ^ a b Chessler, Suzanne (September 9, 2016). "A Tenuous Threshold: The work of Susan Aaron-Taylor, on view at the BBAC". The Jewish News. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  14. ^ a b c "Susan Aaron-Taylor - Bio". River Gallery. 2014. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  15. ^ Mico, Marsha (28 April 1995). "Susan Aaron Taylor, Fantasy and mythology mix". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  16. ^ Ketts, K.A. (23 October 2017). "Susan Aaron Taylor at NCRC Galleries". Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  17. ^ Nawrocki, Dennis Alan; Panton, Steve; Piper, Matthew (2018). Essay'd 3: 30 Detroit Artists. Wayne State University Press. ISBN 9780814345870. Retrieved 15 September 2019.
  18. ^ Green, Roger (2010). Personal Paths In her mixed-media sculptures, Susan Aaron-Taylor re-creates the landscape of her dreams, informed by Carl Jung's spiritually charged concepts. 70. American Craft Council. p. 30. Retrieved 15 September 2019.
  19. ^ Kamulski, Carl; Sisson Gallery (2010). 2010 Motor City Revue: 38 Detroit artists. Henry Ford Community College. Retrieved 15 September 2019.

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