Sue Kirchner

A highly accomplished artist and long time resident of Shaker Heights, Ohio, Sue held a very successful solo exhibit at Still Point (formerly “Mezzanine Gallery”) in July, 2011.  Her work ranges from acrylic paintings to emulsion transfers and she has developed and refined many of her own techniques that give her works a dimension rarely seen from artists.  Within her 2011 exhibit was showcased “Five Days in September”, a series of images she captured with an SX70 Polaroid camera following the 2004 hurricanes, Jean and Ivan.  Before the emulsion hardened she manipulated the prints, reinforcing the changing moods of the sky and water.  She then scanned each image and had them printed as archival pigment ink enlargements (approx 24″x24″).

Five Days of September

Five Days of September

Still Point will host its first opening of the year on March 22, as Sue presents a collection of large and small paintings.  We will keep you apprised through the website and email and we look forward to a great turnout.

Artist’s Statement (from “Regresar”)

“This exhibit is the first one I have done in almost 15 years.  Although I’ve continued to make art during that time, mostly I have spent these years learning.  Traveling with my husband has been a wonderful opportunity to see and do new things, and, in this sense, my art has definitely reflected my life, as I’ve had to learn new techniques to turn those experiences into my own art. With far less studio time for producing big paintings, I began making more and more use of my camera and, not having been a photographer before, it was a stretch for me.  At the same time I began using the computer and Photoshop opened up new doors for me as well.  First I experimented with Polaroid films and then I scanned the products into my computer and experimented with digital manipulation and transfers as well as creating my own substrates.

Traveling through new spaces leaves one with only quick glimpses with which to work.   And while the cycles of human history are fascinating, I am always struck more by time and its effects on nature. The aged buildings in Granada, walls that have stood for long years in Ireland and the Cotswold’s, the textures in the ancient villages in China, stone that has been carved with the Buddha and polished by all the hands that have touched it, over time, in supplication.   The effects of time are visceral.  The beauty in the veins of rocks that have weathered centuries of heat and cold, storms and wind, reflect a sense of the primal lifeblood in all things.  The molds growing on the walls inside the Hoover Dam are living colors deep and penetrating, breathing and growing, reflecting the dark and the dampness all around them.  The force of the wind and rain on the ocean during a hurricane changes the color and texture and rhythm of the water.  As I travel I want to sit and observe and assimilate all that the place has to tell me.  But one seldom gets the opportunity to do that when traveling and you must come away with fleeting observations that these places shout at you or whisper to you as you pass through.  You take your camera and click away in an effort to capture it, but then you must come back to your studio and dig it all back out, connect with it again and attempt to interpret what you felt when you were there.

This show is about what I’ve been learning during these years…about connections and reflections and time…and also about new techniques and the joy of change.  I’m intrigued to see the threads that run through the work as it hangs together.  With it comes an appreciation for the new direction my life has taken and for all that I have been learning along the way.”

inside Hoover dam arch pig print on canvass copy

Inside Hoover Dam (36″x36″ archival pigment print on canvas)