Susan Fink

What best describes this current series is exploring the use of the circle, oval, rectangle, triangle and square to create colorfully dynamic non-objective compositions.  The idea to use these basic shapes started many years ago.  I attended a lecture in which the spokesperson presented the notion that since these shapes have existed  since the early civilizations until present time,  there is a rich undercurrent of meaning that goes beyond the physical and crosses all cultural divide.

Consequently, at first the compositions were more esoteric, as in the mandala series. For example, the emphasis on the circle and oval to mean wholeness and continuity; crossing triangles to mean union and interconnection and the square to mean strength and foundation all come to mind.

But now there is the play with ambiguity of line, shape and form, while pushing the balance of light and dark value, solidity and transparency with positive and negative space to question. There is serious contemplation given to the placement of the elements– even the thickness of a line and how it weighs on the composition as a whole.

At the same time, I leave room for spontaneity, playfulness and the possibility of a successful accident. This contemporary art style is reminiscent of some earlier abstract expressionist artists such as Adolph Gottlieb with his symbolic, minimalist works and the large bold shapes of Robert Motherwell.

I make art because of my insatiable need to experience discovery. My work is a reaction to my environment, composing works that eliminate what is there in favor of what isn’t because the “what isn’t” has yet to be discovered.