Susan Blackmon





As I have attempted to create something “artistic” over the years, I’d formerly turned to look into more mature or well-known artists’ espoused individual reasons for doing so, to become informed as to the “why” that one has this impulse.

Some have determined that their art-making, in general, is about self-expression, and more so even when working within the resolve of creating an abstracted work. Other artists insist that creating art isn’t about communication or in duplication/rote realism, but instead should be about resistance to cultural conditioning or agendas.

I finally have formed my own reason for exploring the question of “why”. Now, painting isn’t for merely creating something beautiful to look at or to make something which elicits some intrigue, but rather I create more genuinely (to myself) from a standpoint of open inquiry. As all abstraction is metaphorical, the creative act or move is compelled by the crucial, non-language based intuitive sensation.

When open to the deep sensory type of a feeling-based communication, whatever flows from this openness is “let out” by the hand, giving oneself the leeway to tap into a fount which I believe is assuredly of primal origin, oscillating through a sensory thread eventually pointing to the poised inquiry “Who am I ”. Further, it is always formulated organically as an experiential quest, as opposed to an intellectualized one.

In 1993, when asked for explanation as to his works’ impetus, Jonathan Lasker distilled a similar recognition as to an intrinsic and felt openness as critical, stating that his works

“came always as a foil for expressions of the human hand and psyche…Paint bears physical record to the expression of the human hand. It conforms to the trail of the brush being driven by impulses of the psyche.  In no other art medium is creation more permanently and intimately bound to the movements of the human body. Nowhere is the human more empowered to have a direct and immediate effect on the image of his world….I am deeply involved with the textures of a medium capable of universalizing so much lost intimacy. “

So, I too recognize that this urge towards allowing one’s intuitive compass, being the most fundamental of any reason which begs the action to create, will “speak” from that ephemeral place.


Susan J. Blackmon