2012-09-13 / News

Jamestowner’s photography on display in Newport

“Didi Suydam: Presence,” an exhibition of photographic imagery created by Jamestown artist Didi Suydam, opened last week at the Newport Art Museum. The exhibit will be on display through Nov. 4.

Suydam’s dreamlike, arresting images blend real and imagined nature, and reveal the artist’s fascination with the effects of movement, light and color. The images are meant to challenge what Suydam calls “visual beliefs.” The museum, located at 76 Bellevue Ave. in Newport, will host an opening reception on Friday, Sept. 21, from 5 to 7 p.m. The reception is free for museum members, $10 for nonmembers.

Suydam will talk about her work during an informal gathering at the museum on Tuesday, Sept. 25, beginning at noon. Guests are invited to bring a lunch. The event is free for museum members, $5 for nonmembers.

“Didi Suydam: Presence” is part of a series of exhibitions at the Newport Art Museum during its centennial year that relate to notions of identity. The exhibit explores how a individual’s sense of self can become challenged in the face of ambiguity or in the context of environment.

“My imagery attempts to convey the ephemeral yet powerful qualities of our environment, how we experience it, psychologically or emotionally,” said Suydam. “The images may be ambiguous or ethereal, or abstract, or allude to real or familiar environments. I strive to arouse the viewers’ innate curiosity, challenging what they know and eliciting reinterpretation or reorientation. I am also fascinated with image manipulation through use of movement, color, space and light. Although technically my work is photographic, my intent is to create powerful, evocative imagery.”

An award-winning jewelry designer and National Endowment for the Arts fellowship recipient, Suydam began her journey into digital photography in 2004. Since then she has shown her work in galleries and in many competitions, winning numerous awards and honors.

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