Home Paintings Works on Paper Prints Bio Artist Statement Topkapi Installation

© copyright Susan Barnett 2002-2017 email the artist: susan@susanbarnett.net


The paintings in my past show at Conduit Gallery (May 20 - July 1) provide a kind of pictorial representation of my experience of news event over the past 12 months. Many of the paintings conflate current events and alternative realities, creating fictional landscapes about the political chaos of today. Others are derived from my personal history where childhood memories and current events collide.


Alternative History: MH17, 2017, 42"x72", oil on linen Dezinformatsrya: MH17, 2016, 36"x60", oil on linen
These images are taken from the crash scene of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, July 17, 2014, but the paintings of course also reference Russian intervention in our presidential election process in 2016.


Anthropocene is a proposed epoch dating from the commencement of significant human impact on the earth’s geology and ecosystem. This painting is based on a true story (12-8-2016) of a deer that travelled across highways into Jackie Robinson Park in Harlem and died two days later from stress. This painting concerning immigration was painted in 2011 but seems even more relevant today.
Anthropocene: Ode to a Deer Lost in Harlem, 2017, 72"x42", oil on linen Borders: Great Crested Flycatcher, 2011, 44"x30.5", gouache on paper (SOLD)


Truth Machine, 2016, 36"x36", oil on canvas Velocity of a Lie on FB, 2016, 36"x60", oil on linen
A fantasy about the birth place of alternative facts. Obsessing over alternative facts on Facebook.


In the Heat of Debate, 2016, 18"x24", acrylic on panel Life on Exoplanet #5, 2016, 36"x36", acrylic on canvas (SOLD)
This year’s presidential debates had a nightmare quality to them and this painting merges performances by Hillary and Donald with an old childhood nightmare about dueling pencil sharpeners. I have a fascination with outer space. This painting was made just prior to the discovery of 7 earth-sized planets orbiting the nearby star TRAPPIST-1 (2-22-2017), three of which are located within the habitable zone where liquid water might form.


Reprieve: Lucy's Boathouse, 2016, 36"x60", oil on linen Resist, 2017, 30"x72", oil on linen
Taking a vacation from the political nightmare of the presidential campaigns, I visited a childhood friend on Cape Cod and relived some memories of being a teenager in the summer of 1967. Memories of the Woman’s March in Santa Fe with Taos friends.