A long time member of the Jamyang Leeds community, being one of the members of its first committee, Susan Carr was an artist, designer, quiltmaker and also a psychotherapist and life coach.
She was also a dedicated spiritual practitioner, actively engaged in four separate spiritual traditions (Buddhism, Christianity, Hindu Tantra and Sufism).
Susan suffered throughout her life from depression and anxiety and fought a protracted battle against these, especially in the last two years of her life when she was prescribed high doses of medication to overcome these.
Tragically, this went wrong and in August 2018 after a severe depressive episode, she took her own life.
Due to the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic, this exhibition is the first time much of this work has been on view and is a belated tribute to the life and work of an artist who had so much to give to the world, but sadly succumbed to the blight of mental illness.
Kerry Prest, Director of Jamyang Leeds said:
“Susan was a much loved and missed member of our community. She brought creativity and care to her work and offered much of her time to the beginnings of the Buddhist Centre in Leeds. I’m delighted these works are going to be on show for the first time and it’s fitting they will be displayed here, an organisation which she helped create many years ago.”
The exhibition features 15 of Susan’s works of art and runs until Saturday 15 October at Jamyang Buddist Centre, Ingram Road, Holbeck. Tuesdays-Saturdays 10am-2pm.