Almost Touching by Susan Klein

Almost Touching began as a painting of  a construction site.  The warm autumn light fell upon crossbeams and concrete blocks, steel rods, and other building detritus.  After this initial image was laid down, I moved slowly on this painting, making a decision, letting it sit, coming back to it later.   To my mind, a work is resolved when I know what the main action is, when some sort of verb asserts itself.  I almost painted completely over the original image, sanded it all down, responded to the forms, sanded again, and so on.  Eventually this idea emerged of these two forms coming so close to each other, but not making contact.  I liked this charged tension between the two shapes that hover over this semi-landscape.  The erotic potential of forms!