Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
For the past 40 years, Susan Christie has painted commentaries describing the many out-of-the-way environments she has either lived in or visited. Now a resident along the Rio Grande in Truth or Consequences, Christie began her journey in Minneapolis, where an early encounter with the work of an Asian painter prompted a study of simple materials, Ink-Brush-Paper, and Eastern philosophy.
Christie has also explored other media. She spent a number of years at the Printmaking Center at the College of Santa Fe, using nature’s materials: leaves, stems, flowers, wings and things. She paints with oil on canvas, yet always returns to her touchstone, Ink-Brush-Paper, used along with gouache, watercolor, and ground Chinese mineral pigments. A selection of her work at RioBravoFineArt in Truth or Consequences traces her path from the 1980’s.
The present collaboration between Susan and Deborah Klezmer gave both the opportunity to explore similar interests–-nature, asymmetry, light, emptiness, and the circular form. For Christie, the expression comes through the brush dance of illusive versus visible motion on a favored Japanese paper. For Klezmer, it comes through the gestures of nature in glass. Each artist’s work recalls glints and moments in the natural world, transient light, wind, and flowing water.
For Santa Fe artist Deborah Klezmer, her glass Permeables are a celebration of all that can be kept in a compromised vessel, like apples and letters. "The negative space," notes Klezmer, "almost always represents a fleeting presence, my own or any other's, in the natural world." An homage to nature's asymmetry, her bowls build on gestures observed in nature.
Klezmer's process is noteworthy for its development of negative space in kiln-formed glass sculpture. Each bowl is made from at least 80 individually cut pieces of glass which are overlapped so as to leave spaces open between pieces. These voids spread as the glass is fused in the kiln. The firing results in a new piece of glass which is then re-fired and slumped to form the vessel.