Striving for Authenticity: An Interview with Susan Carney

By Nancy McKeithen

 

Painter and printmaker Susan Carney will tell you, “This is what I’m supposed to be doing.” Nearly two years ago, she left teaching to pursue her art full-time. And while she prints or paints every day, she hasn’t fully embraced being called a professional artist. “I’m an artist trying to make a living as one, but do I feel like I’m a real artist?

Not really. “To Carney, a real artist is an authentic artist. “I think that in order to be truly authentic, you have to do work that only you could have done, no one else.” She points to one of her paintings on the wall, of an artichoke: “Anyone could have done that, really…it’s just skill,” she says.

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