Susan Okla creates visceral, quasi-narrative images that dissect, explore, and raise questions about memory, sexuality, emotional states, and pain. Her work endeavors to tease apart and examine the gnarled junctures of desire, fear, repulsion, anger, and corporeality by way of absurd juxtaposition and metaphor. Okla uses the physical body as an analogue to the trappings and vulnerabilities of the internal psychological self: just as physical wounds are opened, drained, sutured, infected, or scarred, so too are emotional traumas. Rife with symbolic and referential imagery, her collage-drawings are amalgamations of found, referenced, and reappropriated source materials. Her layering of initially dissonant objects and characters, often to humorous effect, echoes the amorphous, nonlinear nature of memory as it is excavated through the process of psychoanalysis, giving way to coincidental, accidental, and unexpected connections. For Okla, art-making echoes this same process: a means of working through subconscious terror while reviving the magic of childhood. By mining film, mythology, physiology, and the chthonian chasm of the subconscious, her work investigates the ostensible dichotomy of childhood and maturity, and the nebulous overlap of human and animal.