acrylic and plaster, 12x9x1.5, 2014, $375
My paintings have evolved through my interest in surfaces that have a weathered, aged patina; corrosive walls and doors marked by rust, peeling paint and traces of graffiti. The transience of time and the fragility of being human are underlying themes in my work.
My current work explores the figure by means of gestural painting. The isolation of the figure dissolves into richly textured layers of atmospheric color. Thick impasto and gestural brushstrokes are created and destroyed by scratching and scraping to emphasize ambiguity. The figure is lost and found within layers that create history and erase history. The surface resembles walls that have been scuffed and marred by human intervention and the passage of time.
Susan Derrick creates mixed media paintings by probing the physicality of her materials. She works in a process of layering, scraping and scratching into the surface, leaving fragments of earlier information. Feminine figures dissolve into richly textured surfaces of atmospheric color addressing issues of beauty, time and impermanence. Susan Derrick was born and raised in Southern New York. She earned a BFA in painting from Alfred University, NY and she worked for 10 years as a commercial illustrator before moving to Redmond, Washington in 1995. Susan Derrick is an award winning artist and a 2014 Artist Trust Edge graduate. She welcomes visitors to her downtown Kirkland studio.