December 4, 2014 – January 17, 2015
SUSANNA BLUHM – Carry me
oil and acrylic on canvas
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Susanna Bluhm grew up in a suburb of Los Angeles and currently lives in Seattle with her wife and son. She earned her BA in Studio Art from California State University Humboldt and her MFA in Painting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Susanna received the 2014 Neddy at Cornish award in Painting, and has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin and at the Karl Hofer Gesellschaft in Berlin. She is currently a member of SOIL, an artist-run gallery in Seattle, and is represented by G. Gibson Gallery. Her work has been shown internationally.
Artist Statement 2014
These paintings are based on my experience of Yosemite National Park in California—as a child visiting with my family every year from Los Angeles, and as an adult in 2013 with my wife and son.
Anchored by landscape, the paintings take stock of the imagery—with its inherent meanings—of Yosemite, including the imagery my family brought with us, and what we found there in the 1980s, as well as what we brought and found there in this decade. Remnants of Yosemite’s original inhabitants, as conjured in tourist devices and decorative patterns, huddle next to clumps of sienna corduroy. Fake feathers peek out from granite rocks. A soy nut butter and jelly sandwich (my child’s lunch) lies in tupperware on the banks of the Merced River, along with the blue and white stripes of my wife’s shirt.
More intimately, the paintings explore landscape as a lover and loved one, enmeshed with the paint.