SUSAN VARGA

Painter, Potter

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Old Ladies of the Harbor

    In my new works I have been interested in capturing images of old fishing vessels. What fascinates me in these is the geometry and complexity of their forms. The paintings have solidity, structure that originates from my architectural back round. The details fill every inch of the canvas. The different parts of the boats' functions are not known to me. Words such as "tiller, keel, stays, masts," mean nothing for me. Their only function is to create an endless variety of patterns, shapes and colors.

   Each painting originates from observation of boats, but each one is very different from the next. I frame the image close up, zooming in on the details, using the many parts of the whole. The 24"/24" format and the double edge canvas allows the paintings to over flow, go off the edges and wrap around the canvas. In this way, the paintings become more abstract, flattening the three dimensional objects into two dimensions.


Details of a vessel

Oil
24'' X 24''
 
Old Margaret
Oil

24'' X 24''
   

Go Fishing
Oil

24'' X 24''
 
Pier at Woods Hole
Oil

24'' X 24''
   

Daily Catch
Oil

24'' X 24''
 
Old Kathleen
Oil

24'' X 24''
   

Ms. Red Closer
Oil

24'' X 24''
 
Ms. Red at Rest
Oil

24'' X 24''
   

 

 

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