A novelist described the writing process like driving through a foggy night. That you can only see as far as your headlights but that allows you enough information to make the next decision about how to proceed.
I reckon this is a fitting description of how I go about making a painting. You might well be thinking that this is a pretty haphazard approach. this driving around in the dark without a plan. For some of the time it is, and there are certainly lot of dead ends.
But weirdly this approach takes the pressure off if you give yourself time, lots of time and accept that there are no mistakes, that's it is just a process to let the work come through and form.
It is quite liberating.

I don't know how a painting is going to come out. it is an intuitive open-ended process of tinkering and discovery....

Painting is an extremely long slow conversation with yourself and all the paintings that have gone before. For me painting comes from a different part of the brain than where I form words and sentences. Painting for me is a way of thinking….

I am interested in the human world. I depict houses, roads, bridges, cars, but above all I try to imbue the paintings with how it feels to be in the world. An atmosphere or sensibility conveying various emotional states. that is why I call them psychological landscapes.

…I have to discover the work as I go. My work contains a human messiness and playfulness as opposed to the clear, tight executed pieces. My paintings are not explicitly about any one theme. They are open. I cast a wide net, trying to absorb, to catch the truth of my feeling and experience of our world, of our time, even if I don't consciously understand it. I am more antennae to the world than a separate ego organizing it. I am seeking to be true to my personal experience of being in the world... [Transcription of narration from film Psychological Landscapes, 2016]

Born 1978 in Melbourne, Australia...
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Suzan Hamer


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