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Susan Newmark
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Park Slope



ARTIST STATEMENT: My work explores narrative and storytelling through the creation of imaginary landscapes integrated with abstract elements and found papers from popular culture -- wallpaper, wrapping paper, magazines, newspapers, comics, copies of my own photographs --, and paint. My layering process begins as an improvisation and an appreciation of how torn posters on subway and building walls reveal layers of memory as the disparate parts unravel and new unexpected realities emerge. Through this additive process and the juxtaposition of the abstract and the representational, my surfaces become interwoven networks and dense webs of vision not unlike our packed urban environment. The work constantly changes and fractures as papers are repeatedly added , then sanded, painted and repainted.The distressed surfaces , the fragile female images and the other figurative and floral forms contain their own associations and histories as they fuse with the fields of color, form and pattern. The inclusion of Nancy recalls the comic strip I read as a child; she was fearless, curious and confident, and a problem solver; I fantasized about having similar attitudes and adventures ..., and longed to play with her pets. I am, as well, fascinated with tattooed bodies as expressions of identity, transformation and their prevalence throughout history and they appear in my work as objects of an exotic beauty and messengers in the narratives. In my series, Fantasyland in Dyker Heights, colored holiday lights create a transformed landscape, and in Through a Glass Darkly, reflected and refracted light allows me to memorialize and memorize a parent. And although there is no one way to read my work, there are many points of entry.
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