The State of Things

I am something of a news junkie; I read newspapers and listen to in-depth radio news programs and podcasts. This makes me aware of a never-ending stream of disasters, political crises, and upheavals around the world. Add to this, local events and personal experiences, and the world can look a bit overwhelming and chaotic.

My recent paintings and works on paper represent my response to this seeming chaos of the world. They also represent my struggle to find balance between a desire to create order and a need to let go. I begin with photographs shot at a scrap metal yard. The photographs are then put through a variety of processes along the way to becoming artworks. My intent is to create images that appear to be somewhat unstable, where there is a sense of excess, of objects and forms in flux. Something might topple over or collapse. The space is not safe.

— Susan Brenner


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