Thanks to my friend Sherri, I have some photos of my exhibit! I think this was the first opening I’ve had long distance. I’m so thankful that friends stopped in to check it out despite an avalanche!!!!!!!!!!! The staff at Annie Kaill’s did an amazing job presenting everything. And to think of all of the pressure I’ve felt hanging shows over the years… I’m just thankful all around.
I finished my art invitation and got my press release out today!
A collection of recent works in marble dust by Juneau artist Karen Suderman. Entitled “Holding onto Juneau,” the works are atmospheric and ab-stract representations of Juneau’s myriad landscapes.
Karen Suderman, statement
Holding onto Juneau
It’s been more than a year now since my husband and I arrived in Juneau. As a constant observer of details in nature, I feel taken back by the grandeur of it all. How could I ever take it all in, or with me?
You can’t hold onto the vast landscape, keep the snow or capture the wildlife with any one view. But you can experience it all in instants. That is all it will lend you, because in its permanence it changes constantly.
One step after another, you will never see the same horizon. You can’t recreate the force of a glacier that focuses so much energy on being compact, the soft relief that winter can bring after the rain, the innate respect of things larger than yourself, or the glory in a person’s kindness here.
You can only partake in its fullness for a moment, and then hold on to who you are because of it.
This collection is who I am, holding onto Juneau.
I’m excited about the opportunity to blog and likewise try to spend more time on my own artwork. Lately, I am most observant of my own approach to each piece. Both the oil on canvas and the fresco on marble dust panel offer boundaries in the process of how I produce each painting. I am interested in the balance of subjectivity and observation, the pull of abstract from real, and the ability to express fully within these limits and freedoms.
I took down my show today at Vin Bistro. The piece above included. Surrounded by past work is not my favorite way to approach a new piece, but this week I’m going to make it work for me 🙂