Susan Aydan Abbott is a single mother and mature visual artist native to Port Arthur, Ontario, currently living and working in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Holding lived experience with mental illness, homelessness, addiction and abuse, she is a strong vocal advocate for social justice. Also a trained Canadian Mental Health Association and United Way speaker as well as a member of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority Mental Health Advisory Board, Abbott shares her life story and experiences to affect positive attitudinal change. The activist side of her is evident from her advocacy for the MMIW movement, for her involvement with victims and survivors of crime through Candace House and from her volunteer work for the homeless through 1JustCity.
Likewise, her art practice most often explores themes pertaining to rape culture and violence against women. Abbott works primarily in painting, but has recently expanded her repertoire to include printmaking, sculpture and installation where video is incorporated. In the last 9 years, she has studied at the University of Manitoba School of Fine Art, presented solo exhibitions and group exhibitions throughout Winnipeg and a recent group exhibition in Vancouver, participated in the Arts AccessAbility Network Manitoba / Manitoba Printmakers Association monitorship program and been artist resident at Centre  Print Studio in Hamilton, Ontario. She is currently amidst the research and creation process of a new body of work titled Booby Hatch (Wo)manifesto: A Feminine Perspective of Century Manor (Hamilton Asylum for the Insane). This project is supported by her participation as a selected mentee in the 2017/2018 Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art Foundation Mentorship Program and by awarded project grants from Winnipeg Arts Council, Manitoba Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts.