Description First Place Painting, Kenmore Arts Festival August 2009 Seattle's Gasworks Park always makes me think about how 'bleeding edge' becomes yesterday's old technology. And because the gasworks was once a high tech fuel processing plant, the comparison of gas tanks to Easter Island statues or 'moai' seems apt. After all, some Easter Islanders cut down their last tree for fuel or to move statues... P.S. While painting in the park one summer morning in 2008, the sprinkler system came on, splattering the beginning of this painting -- as well as soaking me!
Suze Woolf, Seattle Member Since November 2009 Artist Statement My goal is to transport the viewer into the world of the painting -- and yet that viewer always remains aware my hand wielded the brush.
To me, a good painting provides an alternative moment of perception, a sudden strangeness or an intense familiarity that the viewer instantly feels but could not have otherwise articulated. Gary Faigin, in his commentary on the Purposeful Surfaces show, said I was like the old expeditionary painters in my awe and excitment at the discovery of my subject matter.
I become obsessed with the source of an image, and repeat it 2, 3, 6 times and more; I wake up at night thinking about it and occasionally get up to paint all night. I carry my paints to many locations: bundled against ravening mosquitos at 9000 feet in the Sierras, painting Ragged Ridge, drawing on the Granite Glacier in the Canadian Selkirks, skis still on, and standing in mucky tideflats to paint the industrial waterfront.