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MAY 2- MAY 16, 2024
BEAUTY IN THE COMMON PLACE
BY SUSAN HARRIS
 

SERIES 1: MY VIEW

 

The still life category of painting has been my love for many years. Finding color, rendering fabric and paper, attempting to portray light and shadow has forever challenged me as an artist. I will always feel like I am home when painting a still life from everyday items that are in front of me. — SH

SERIES 2: ENTWINED

 

Being outside and gardening is one of my favorite things. Sometimes, while tending to the plants, my mind wanders, and I find myself imagining that I am tiny and the plants are like giants with beautiful colors and delicious berries. This series of art came from those daydreams and painting, cutting, and applying the shapes to supporting canvas. — SH

From Above:  Red and Blue

SERIES 3: ABOVE

 

A bird’s-eye view, aerial view or as this series is titled “Above”, is a viewpoint that is of continuing interest to me. Places or landscapes from above can appear distorted, distanced or more beautiful than ground level perspectives. I strive to give the viewer a starting point, not an exact image of a particular place or experience but a launch to imagine and dream what is or could be.  A view from above allows the viewer to relate the image to a personal experience, or memory and, perhaps, change their point of view. —SH

SERIES 4: IF WE WERE MADE FROM CLOTH

 

This series of paintings, "If We Were Made From Cloth," began with inspiration from Alexandra Morrissette's show, "Wanting/Wailing," which was installed in the Barton College Art Gallery in 2024. Ms. Morrissette says, "Existing in a state of constant balance, this series of work explores what it means for armor, in relation to body, to encompass tenderness."

In Ms. Morrissette’s installation, materials were cut, stuffed, and stitched, being mended, signifying your heart's capacity for healing, which is a statement of resilience by the artist. Living life for anyone can include heart bruising/breaking moments, but I find it so important to learn how to mend ourselves and continue to move forward. — SH

If We Were Made From Cloth
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