Artist Susan Hodgin creates color-saturated paintings that play with our perceptions of form — and even with how to see a painting. She writes that
I do not want you to see the ellipse, the tree, the mountain, or the sky. Instead, look at the color. The elliptical forms I paint are vehicles of color, space, and light. Gravity is almost nonexistent. Depth defies our traditional concept of perspective. One ellipse may be far into the darkness, and another ellipse may be hurtling towards you. These ellipses may come from the same source. I choose the ellipses because they are organic. Organic forms are unique, flexible, and easy to manipulate visually. I can simplify them, hang them, invent them, combine them, and transform them.
Susan was born in Indianapolis, Ind., and later moved to Missoula, Mont., to study creative writing at the University of Montana. After three years of studying at the writing program, she realized that her characters never spoke and never moved, but simply existed in gorgeous settings. With this realization taken to heart, Hodgin switched her studies to painting, and received her bachelor of fine arts in painting from the University of Montana, Missoula in 2001. A year later she moved back to Indianapolis to pursue a career in painting, and since then has shown her work around the country, and has collectors around the world. Her studio is located in the vibrant downtown Indianapolis Fountain Square neighborhood. Best of all: 8-x-10-in. prints of her beautiful paintings start at the low price of $40!
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