I work spontaneously responding to paint, to the way it’s held by a surface and to my inner monologue about the world. My paintings tend to have a sense of place about them, and sometimes a thematic interest in mortality, or conflict, or female experience. But my approach is intentionally loose and I like to follow ideas that come from the painting process itself. I often use textual rather than visual source material : poetry, the Thesaurus, urban slang, idiom, the language of bureaucracy, words with inherent ambiguity. I want a painting to show me something I haven’t seen before, both to define its own reality and to resonate with lived experience, and to feed the mind as well as the eye.
Susan Absolon 2018