Artist Susan Daboll was born in South Weymouth, Massachusetts in 1952, and grew up in Niantic, Connecticut. After studying printmaking at Syracuse University, she moved to New York, where she graduated from the International Center for Photography/New York University Master’s program. For more than a decade, she taught photography at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development.
While running her own printing studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Daboll began experimenting with mural-size images and techniques. In the early ‘90’s, she earned acclaim for large-scale black and white photographs of the female form that investigated its place in sexuality, mythology, and religion. A 1995 Yaddo residency resulted in a radical change of direction, when she began using color film to explore nature and the man-made landscape.
Daboll’s work borrows from sources ranging from Italian Baroque painting to the Luminist movement, an offshoot of the Hudson River School, to Abstract Expressionism to Minimalism. On a trip to Greece in 1998, Daboll met P.C. Dimitracopoulos, and began dividing her time between the Cycladic island of Paros and Brooklyn. Immersion in Greek culture had a profound effect, prompting her to start drawing again and to seriously take up the study of painting. Consequently, painting has been her primary medium for the last seven years.
Daboll’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is included in numerous public and private collections, including the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Pfizer, and AT&T.