Art and Sustainability

"Why should we think upon things that are lovely? Because thinking determines life. It is a common habit to blame life upon the environment. Environment modifies life but does not govern life. The soul is stronger than its surroundings." –William James (1842-1910), American philosopher and psychologist

“Bloom” by Susan Melrath May 12, 2011

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To continue with our cravings for spring this year, we present Redmond artist Susan Melrath‘s “Bloom,” the twelfth show in our series at Sightline Institute in downtown Seattle. “Bloom” features one large diptych and six other acrylic paintings, each breathtaking in their boldness of color and pattern. The show will be up through the end of June. Susan says about her work:

Rich colors, patterns, and flat, poetic shapes….each component is a metaphor for the passage of time and the complex relationships in our lives. Built around the architecture of flora, my paintings are a celebration of life, growth, and the rhythm of the seasons. I find patterns everywhere from textiles and mosaics, to natureʼs cellular shapes. Each painting grows through a process of layering colors and repeating forms. Playing with unique color combinations, and discovering new relationships among the layers is the adventure I enjoy with each piece.

What makes Susan’s “Bloom” series unique is her combination of technology and traditional painting technique. “Red Seed” was the first piece inspired by her use of Brushes, a painting application on her iPhone. This app allowed her to play quickly and freely with colors and layers. These paintings are the final expressions of this series of iPhone studies.

Susan has further integrated technology into this exhibit by posting a mobile tag (QR Code) with each painting to provide in-depth information about each piece. Be sure to download a QR Code Reader App and bring your smartphone for this comprehensive experience. If you don’t have a smartphone, you can watch two videos explaining her process here: “Midnight Angels” and “Dream Garden.” Just for fun, watch Susan create a painting in 13 seconds. Read more about her art and process on her blog.

To view Susan’s art at Sightline, visit the office between 10am and 3pm on weekdays through the end of June. All works are available for purchase. Contact Susan directly at susan (at) susanmelrath (dot) com.

Sightline Institute
1402 Third Ave,
Fifth Floor, Suite 500
Seattle, WA
206-447-1880 ext. 100

What thoughts about sustainability are inspired by Susan’s art (and by art in general)? Share yours in a comment.

"Dream Garden" acrylic on board, 80”x24” by Susan Melrath

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