SUSAN BEE

ARTIST'S STATEMENT
My recent paintings include portraits of couples based on black and white film stills as well as paintings that re-envision artwork by other painters. Some of my newest paintings are landscapes, interiors, and still lifes, in which I emphasize the expressionist and symbolic intensity of these compositions through the use of vivid colors, strong linear elements, and layered painterly textures. These paintings were inspired by Edvard Munch, Henri Matisse, Marsden Hartley, and other artists. In the landscapes, interiors, and still lifes, I am creating spaces for a drama to take place. The portraits focus on the relationships between the couples through the lens of films and still photos. These works weave together complexity, sensuality, and emotions. The paintings confront gender roles and power relationships. I believe in the power of painting to put forward a feminist and political stance, while not abandoning the joy of the painterly stroke and color and texture, and while continuing to address social, cultural and artistic structures.


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PAST SOLO EXHIBITIONS:
Pow! New Paintings, 2017
Doomed To Win: Paintings From The Early 1980s, 2014
Post-Americana: New Paintings, 1998

PAST GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
Women On The Line, 2017
Who Cares?, 2017

Razzle Dazzle, 2016
Wish You Were Here, 2016
Unframed, 2015
Wet Paint, 2014