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Susan Wolff
September 5 – October 6, 2012


Paintings, Books

Never again intending to paint a big canvas, I found a large, very old canvas and pulled it from my studio racks. Taking instructions from my unconscious, I began covering the old piece with white house paint. I liked the emptiness, the scale, the quiet and the canvas became an object. Slowly I added, and more often subtracted, texture and physical elements to and from the surface until it began to feel real. As a younger woman I would not have had the patience to allow for the continuous discovery that this work demands. Four more old paintings were found and the process continued with determination to keep the work devoid of color and absent of decoration.

Drawing provides immediate gratification and has been a lifelong activity. Found books and catalogues are perfect material for Sharpie pens. The text and pictures that I cover have no personal meaning but offer challenge to me and interest to the drawing surface. “The before informs the now.” Playing with a line or gesture the drawing begins and continues until realization. I am not making images, per se, but am exploring until a stopping place appears and the drawing is complete.

The work in this exhibition is wordless. There is no story other than that of my own discovery. These paintings and books further my interest in the discarded and most importantly in the creative process.

 

Susan Wolff, studio view, 2012 
Susan Wolff, studio view, 2012

 

Susan Wolff, studio view, 2012 
Susan Wolff, studio view, 2012

 

Susan Wolff, studio view, 2012 
Susan Wolff, studio view, 2012

 

 
 

Susan Wolff, studio view, 2012 
Susan Wolff, studio view, 2012

 

 

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