Susan English

Vertical Landscapes
Press Release



I frequently take walks in the woods and my habit is to walk in loops. Although I often take the same walk, it is always different as the weather, light, temperature and my mood vary. On occasion, for no particular reason or maybe simply out of boredom, I will go the opposite direction on the loop. I am always amazed at how the same walk is absolutely different - something that had become habitual becomes new and even thrilling. A simple shift in orientation radicalizes what I see and experience. My artistic practice is similar: I tend to work in series, inside of a structure (the walk/loop) exploring content, process and materials from this perspective – and then either a fortuitous accident or a restlessness with the process will cause me to shift my perspective. In a sense I am always on the alert for ways to continue to see and invent and yet also keep a solid footing. One thing generates from the next. The shift can be as simple as taking a painting with a horizontal division and turning it vertically, or cutting and reconfiguring a work. The series I am currently working on “Vertical Landscapes” evolved this way from the “Aequora: Poured” series.

The duality implied in the title, Vertical Landscapes, refers to the extremely horizontal scale which references landscape and the fact that this horizontal strip is made with multiple vertical sections. In addition to taking in the work as a whole, these divisions create a progression that you in a sense ‘read’. The increments suggest narrative; there is a poetic drama in the progression of surfaces and color. I also use the word landscape as my experience of the landscape surrounding me and the landscapes I hold in my memory are an inspiration for my works. Landscape is essentially a muse.



Susan English is an artist who lives and works in Cold Spring, New York. She received an MFA from Hunter College and studied ceramics as an undergraduate. She has exhibited her work in NYC and widely through out the Hudson Valley. Susan’s abstract paintings are concerned with color, light and surface and explore the properties and possibilities of materials. She has developed her own unique system of pouring paint on panels creating a rich, luminous and evocative surface. The New York Times called Susan’s work “sublime and buoyant.”