In the summer of 2014, Road Gallery artist Susan Klein completed a residency at the Arteles Creative Center in Hämeenkyrö, Finland. Every year, the Center welcomes over 90 artists, musicians, writers, photographers and architects. Set in beautiful surroundings, those attending are inspired by the forests and lakes, as well as the serenity and tranquility.
We are delighted to add five new pieces by Susan Klein to our online gallery. Most of these were conceived or commenced during her residency in Finland. Read about three of these pieces in the artist’s own words:
Suffocation (2014), Oil on Panel, 35″ x 39″
The idea for this painting originated during my residency at Arteles in Finland. I was taking long walks in the countryside and making many works on paper based off the ubiquitous log piles. When I returned to Michigan, I started this painting as a continuation of the Finland work. My move to Charleston, SC interrupted this process, so I finished it after the relocation. The imagery changed a lot – I think the painting became more about Charleston in late August than Finland! The title “Suffocation” comes from the dense, squeezed feeling in the painting, but in retrospect may have something to do with the heat, humidity, moving, and the fecundity of the South.
Having You Around (2014), Oil on Panel, 22″ x 24″
Having You Around began as a log pile painting influenced by my time in Finland. Although that pile is still there, the painting became much more about the relationship between the large white shape that teeters on the top of the pile, and the red shape that enters the right side of the frame. The two shapes lean towards each other – the white shape is actively pushed to the right by the pointy object underneath it. The title points to this relationship between these shapes, the feeling of unbalance, the pull towards each other, and also the space between.
The Weight of Snow (2014), Oil on Panel, 23″ x 26″
I painted this in Michigan last winter – the longest, coldest winter I have ever experienced. The weight of snow was visible everywhere: on branches, bushes, homes, and people. This painting began as a simple observation of the physical, literal weight of snow, but was also very much about the figurative heaviness.
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