Statement & Resume

Natural Phenomenon
Dead Amusements &  Wonderland of Decay
Hidden Village & Themed Escapes


"Geyser #1", archival pigment print, edition of 10


Natural Phenomenon

I am interested in the the cyclical forces of nature and how the Earth regenerates itself. I seek out oddities in the land to connect with magical transformations of life and phases of regeneration and renewal. “Natural Phenomenon” are meditative photographs of geysers, dead hot springs in Yellowstone, geological parks and unusual algae blooms on the Coastline of California.

The geysers are geothermal features that exist on top of an incomprehensibly large Supervolcano and by researching these mysterious cauldrons and unique minerals, Ecologists and humans can better understand life on Earth and other planets. My photographs examine the abstract qualities and the delicate violence of these scalding caverns reaching beyond the Earth’s crust and the colorful bacteria mat, known as Magma Phenomenon. I photographed at specific times of the day and evening to capture the mood and different prismatic color effects from the angle of the Sun.

Education: B.A., Photography, Columbia College, Chicago, IL
Awards & Residencies:
2008 Southern Exposure, Artist in Residence
2005 Bemis Center of Contemporary Art, Artist in Residence, Omaha, NE
2004 CAAP Grant, Chicago, IL
2002 Illinois Art Council Fellowship- Finalist Award,  Chicago, IL
CAAP Grant, Chicago, IL
2001 Albert Weisman Scholarship, Chicago, IL
2000 Albert Weisman Scholarship, Chicago, IL

"Natural Phenomenon", Solo Show, Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL

"Zone Modules," Queen's Nails Annex Gallery, San Francisco, CA
"Icons of Attention," Video Performance, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
"Dreaming of a Glass Egg," Video and sound installation, Transmodern Festival, Baltimore, MD
"Alchemical Feedback," DNJ Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
"Channeling Tower," Video and sound installation, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA
"Cylindrical Forces", video/audio performance, San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, San Francisco, CA 
"Sonic Tube", Light Art Installation, San Jose Museum of Art Festival, San Jose, CA 
Video performance, Kamau’s Patton “Icons of Attention”, Yerba Buena Cntr for the Arts, San Francisco, CA 
“Dreaming of a Glass Egg”, Video and Sound Installation, Transmodern Festival, Baltimore, MD

“Zone Modules and Monoliths”, Solo show at Tartine, San Francisco, CA
“Clusterf#@k” group show, Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL
“A Universe We Can Believe In”, California College of Arts, Oliver Gallery, Oakland, CA
“Colour Out of Space”, Brighton, UK
“The Big Three”, at Michael Rosenthal Gallery, San Francisco, CA

“Artists Files”, continue exhibition at Bemis Center for the Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE


“Object Agency”, video, sound and light installation, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA
“Glass House”  with Kamau Patton for Machine Projects/GLOW festival, Santa Monica, CA
“Experimental Art Festival”, The Smell, Los Angeles, CA
“Hijacked” Australian Center for Photography, Sydney, Australia

Foto Foreo Festival, Fremantle, Australia


"Wonderland of Decay: New Photos by Suzy Poling," Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL read reviews
"Group," Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL


"(Un)Natural History" Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL
"Art Chicago in the Park," Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL
"Reclamation: A Group Show," Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL

2005 "Transmutation Headquarters," Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago IL
"Chthonic Cartographers," Chesapeake Gallery of Harford College, Hartford, MD
"Allegorical Landscape," Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL
"Spontaneous Generation," Ars Subterraneana, New York, NY
"New Gallery Artists," Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago, IL
"Sound and Vision," Auto Gallery, Oakland, CA
"50 Artists," Lobot Gallery, Oakland, CA
"Spring Auction," Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL
"Art Chicago in the Park,"
Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago, IL

Fundraising Auction, Renaissance Society of The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
"Art Chicago,"
Bucket Rider Gallery, Chicago, IL
"17th Evanston + Vicinity Biennial Juried Exhibition
Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL


"Cake and Polka Parade," Heaven Gallery, Chicago, IL
"Lurpious Showboat Follies," Butcher Shop, Chicago, IL

2002 "Curious Terrors," Office Space, Chicago, IL
2001 Hat Factory, Chicago, IL

Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL
Cliffdwellers Club, Chicago, IL

Group show,"
Beret International Gallery, Chicago, IL
," Butcher Shop, Chicago, IL

The Glass Curtain Gallery, Chicago, IL

New York Arts Magazine, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Flavorpill, The Week, New City, San Francisco Bay Guardian read reviews
2011 New City, Recommended review by Michael Weinstein, May 5, 2011, v.26, no.1192, pgs.7-8 see review
The Reader, photograph, April 28, 2011, p. 42
2010 Harpers Magazine, Artist Pick, Photograph
2008 “Signs of the Apocalypse and Rapture”, Forty Front Press
2007 “Hijacked: New American and Australian Photography”
2005 Metropolitan Museum of Art Catalogue, Cover shot (a portrait of a Modern Art collector)
6x6 series Nature- Columbia College of Chicago
2004 530 Collection Dedicated to David Ruttenburg
530 Collection dedicated to David Ruttenburg
Columbia College Film Department, Chicago, IL
Columbia College’s Special Collections, Chicago, IL
Chicago in the Year 2000
Harris Bank, Chicago, IL

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