Suzanne Hicks, Art in Public Places
Saratoga Springs Public Library, August 3 - September 27, 2021
Up and Away
The ongoing balance: Stillness and conversation. Observation and action. Holding, letting go. Home and away. Safety and discovery. Longing and satisfaction.
My fascination with the human presence and gesture has been deeply developed as a psychotherapist, teacher, traveler, and painter. My love of natural form...water, land, sky.....connects my waterscapes and still lives to the people and places referenced.
At this point in my work I am seeking the distillation, the essence of person, place, object, and sometimes the relationship between them. Oil paint is most often my medium, although I love the marks made with charcoal, pastel, pen, collage, watercolor, acrylic. Recently I’ve begun working with an ancient material, cold wax, in combination with oil paint.
Wabi-sabi, the name of my studio, suggests an aesthetic that celebrates the imperfect, the impermanent, the natural, the simple...not only things planned, but also those that come about by chance, the intimacy of accident. Painting remains for me a way to work, as T.S. Eliot states, “at the still point of the turning world.”
Hicks' exhibition is up for public viewing August 3 - September 27 at Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry St, Saratoga Springs, NY, Monday - Friday, 9am-6pm, Saturday, 9am-5pm and Sunday, 12pm-5pm.
Saratoga Arts' programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.