Susan D. Savage
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  • Santa Barbara, CA
  • United States
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Contact Email
savage@westmont.edu
Website
http://susandsavage.com
Art Interests
Drawing, Painting, Works on Paper
Artist / Personal Statement
As a painter I am intrigued with the simple beauty and quiet humility found in common objects. One of my tasks is to be a seer, to respond to what others might overlook, to magnify what others might not notice. The innumerable colors, shapes, and textures that are revealed to me as I study and interpret seemingly simple forms fascinate me. As I work with these forms I am continually reminded that beauty and mystery can be found in anything if time is taken to look for it, study it, and appreciate what it might reveal.

As I paint what my eyes discern I am motivated to reveal something inspiring in the commonplace. As my perceptions deepen I am motivated to seek something beyond mere physical appearances, something that isn’t visibly in place. I seek something indefinable. This widened sense of reality helps me strive to make meaningful connections between seen and unseen realities, so that matter can be transformed into meaning. In so doing I find the sacred.

As I work I am enticed by the mystery of what is yet to be. I remind myself that one essential function of art is to make the familiar seem somehow unfamiliar; it should make reality a little strange. Thus, the symbolic nature of my endeavors enables me to appreciate the fact that objects have the power to absorb and reveal human and divine demeanor. By elevating the objects to a place of intellectual contemplation I like to think that they stand as a witness to something larger and more significant than their temporary and finite forms. I like this connection.

My intent is to draw viewers closer to a source of contemplation, to help them find a more personal avenue for visualizing the invisible. In this interactive arena I strive to create a place where the viewer comes face-to-face with purposeful metaphors for spiritual truths, a place for the viewer to explore or wrestle with their own perceived message. As the ordinary and the divine weave themselves together I like to think that my images exist to remind us of what we already know, and that the silent dialogue between seen and unseen realities taps into everyone’s spiritual realm in some way. Because the familiar is now somehow unfamiliar, I hope this interaction brings us all closer to the realm of transcendence and revelation, even if words or explanations do not come easily.
Accomplishments / CV
Faculty Member of Westmont College 1991-2014
Art Department chair 1998-2008
Vice President Board of Directors, The Arts Fund of Santa Barbara
4 Solo Exhibitions
Numerous local and national exhibitions
Numerous featured articles and publications

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At 9:56pm on September 8, 2016, Judi Jordan said…

Truly beautiful work.

 
 
 

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