Susanna Bluhm, Mississippi Paintings, 2017
(parenthetic titles are borrowed from the chapter titles of Moby-Dick)



Artist Statement, Susanna Bluhm

After the election of Donald Trump by the electoral votes of “red” states, I resolved to challenge my feelings of incredulity and animosity towards those states by visiting as many of them as I can in the next four years and making paintings about my experiences in the landscapes there. I will go to four red states every year, and in each state I will ask people who live there to direct me to a landscape in their state that is important to them. I will spend 3-5 days going where they tell me to go, taking photos and doing drawings. Then I’ll come home back to my studio and make a group of paintings based on that experience.