Susan Carr

who are who and what do you do?

I am an artist, At a graduation at my school some years back, Pat Steir said "Artists are creators of culture". And that has always stuck with me, that as artists we have a responsibility to be societies voice, dream and imagination. My hope is to be such a voice. 

 I paint in oil and use other media such as spray paint, oil sticks and enamel. I enjoy being in the middle of a painting but the beginning can be rather daunting. For me, the beginning of a painting feels like jumping out of an airplane;energizing but scary. I also create in collage. Collage is helpful in that it serves to elicit new forms that I can potentially use in paintings.

Who or what inspires you?

My children, odd color combinations, fresh air, sonic youth, half forgotten dreams, curved branches of tall trees, a good laugh, the sea and its returning, a roll of the dice.

What themes do you pursue? 

The musicality of a painting, the linguistics of a painting and all of the meta-languages in between and quirkiness. This is a tall order and I think it will take the rest of my life of working to crack these ideas.

 Why Art

Because art is where I dance, it is where I tell myself my own story and listen to yours, create my own myths that help shape ideas of how I see the world. Art is everything I do. Art everyday.

Name some Artists you would like to be compared to.

I am not ready for that yet, maybe when I am ninety!! I will tell you who I have been looking at and thinking about lately. First and foremost Phillip Guston. Then there is everyone else such as De Kooning, Amy Sillman, George McNeil, Hans Hoffman, Robert Ryman, Forest Bess and all of my amazing, talented painter friends on FB!