Exploring the possibilities, while using the circle, oval, rectangle, triangle and square to create colorfully dynamic non-objective compositions best describes the theme for more recent work. The idea to use these basic shapes started many years ago when I attended a lecture in which the               spokesperson presented the notion that since these shapes have existed throughout millennia, beginning from the earliest civilizations to present, there is a rich undercurrent of meaning that goes beyond the physical and crosses all cultural divide.                         Consequently, at first the compositions were more esoteric, as in the mandala series. For  example, the emphasis on the circle and oval to mean wholeness and continuity; crossing triangles to mean union and interconnection and the square to mean strength and foundation all come to mind.                                                              But now there is the play with ambiguity of line, shape and form, while pushing the balance of light and dark value, hard and soft edge, form and line, solidity and transparency, organic and inorganic with positive and negative space to question. There is serious contemplation given to the placement of the elements-- even the thickness of a line and how it weighs on the composition as a whole. At the same time, I leave room for spontaneity, playfulness and the possibility of a successful accident. It has become a journey into a landscape of visual exploration that encourages the viewer to leave the clutter and structural complexity of a man made environment, where these shapes are clearly found, in favor of a drift into an unfamiliar space that lets the mind wander.

Susan is a native of Miami, but lived in Maui, Hawaii for a decade.  She has been in the arts her entire adult life, for in the early years she had a career as a graphic designer and art director, eventually running her own graphic design business. Later she gave up the business and became a painter. She has been represented by several galleries, has shown in numerous juried art shows and her work has been collected internationally. She was also an art educator for Maui Community College and for a decade,  an Art Educator for the Florida Public School System. Now, once again, Susan has reclaimed her position as a significant visual artist, photographer and yogi....setting no limits in any direction.

Biltmore Museum and Art School - Ken Nedorost- Drawing
Wolfson College -Marilyn Gottlieb-Roberts- Painting
Miami-Dade College- Michael Klezmer- Painting
Western Illinois University-Bachelors Degree-Fine Art Major
Ringling School of Art & Design- Patrick Lindhardt-Prinkmaking University of Miami- Master Printmaking                                    FIU- Pip Brandt- Painting

Out of my mind, silkscreen  18

copyright by Susan Fink 2013

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