About the Mural
Ganesha is widely revered as the Remover of Obstacles, Lord of Beginnings and Lord of Obstacles. He is the patron of arts and sciences and the deva of intellect and wisdom. In this interpretation Susan has placed a heart in Ganesha's bowl of sweets because she feels there is no sweeter offering than love. When you offer love without expectation to another you will be showered with the Bhava (bliss) which is symbolized by the daisies floating from Ganesha's blessing. There are nine daisies and nine petals of the lotus flower because the mystical number 9 is 3- 3s. This represents birth, life and death which is Aum or Om the sound of everything.
Susan McKellar was born in Alexandria, Virginia and raised in the Washington D.C. area. Her artwork was first shown publicly at age five at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.- a drawing of Peter Rabbit. This was definitely foreshadowing of her work that would come. Susan has always had a great love for animals and a deep connection to Mother Nature. Deciding on her own to be vegetarian at eight years of age she has always had a radically wild determination about her. Susan moved to Charleston, South Carolina in 1995 for school and to be more connected to her roots. Susan studied figurative drawing, painting, sculpture, anthropology and nonprofit business at the College of Charleston. She is an administrator at The Charleston Museum, America’s First Museum where she has worked for over ten years. Susan’s purpose in life is to make the world a better place. Compassion guides her every thought and action. She is an avid yogi, animal activist and vegan. She believes in the freedom and happiness for ALL beings and offers her life to that happiness and freedom.
The chART Outdoor Initiative & Gallery consists of public community art spaces supporting contemporary artists working in the visual arts. Our mission is to foster creativity and art excellence; provide exhibition space to new and established artists; provide programs and activities that encourage public awareness, participation, and appreciation of the visual arts and to serve as a catalyst for public revitalization of Charleston via the aesthetics of art.
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