OCTOBER 18 - NOVEMBER 26
Like most people around me, 2017 has been a year of feeling unmoored and insecure. I have never considered my work to be socio-political, but the atmosphere in our country, the relentless noise of the news and increasing feeling of despair compelled me to work more directly, favoring fast-drying acrylic paints on linen to multi-step printmaking. Beginning with the series of monotypes and intensifying in the paintings, solid graphic shapes, suggesting figures and cartoon text bubbles were joined by encroaching, somewhat sinister black dots. In all there is an attempt at resolve, visually and spiritually. Beauty wins out in my work, because I say so.
Art has always been my way of navigating the world around me and this was my visual response to the noise of the day.
Sue Heatley is a local Richmond artist who has been living in East Hampton, New York for the past twelve years. She has previously exhibited work at Quirk Gallery including ceramic pieces, prints, and textiles. This newest series of paintings is done on linen, "the sublime surface of which was as seductive as paper had been for years," says Heatley. "This is a new love affair with a new material and a renewed invitation to the viewer to gaze, jump in and swim around."