I began my current series approximately six months ago after I was invited to join three other printmakers for a group print show. Grateful for the opportunity, I thought that the most exciting challenge for me would be to combine the process of monoprinting with encaustic medium. The group agreed, and today in 2018, I believe the challenge changed the dynamic of my work by bringing two creative impulses together. The first is my recent interest in non-objective geometry and post-minimalism. The second is a spontaneous yet long-standing attraction to simple shapes on many of my walks around the city. At times, I have been inspired by the way cracks in the sidewalk break up the cement squares, and at times how, for example, a simple object like a squashed can will transform the look of the regular shape of a sidewalk. In the first instance, the cracks fragment the geometry of the squares. The juxtaposition of pattern with non-symmetrical images and lines that generates an awareness of how each – pattern or image — reveals something of what the eye might not have seen or may have otherwise overvalued. I have not developed strict rules in my work and, over time, I’ve begun to think that an effort to develop any might inhibit or stifle one or the other: consciousness of keen interest and spontaneous attraction. This is the main reason why my work often has dual and/or opposing forces, both smooth and textured surfaces, and limited and more expansive palettes. There is a flexibility and energy in not choosing either/or, but it leads to interesting questions. Why does one simple shape look so much better in one spot than in another? Why does a simple change in color or tone dramatically alter the work to my own sense of almost-perfection? I do not have the answers but it is going to be fun to work within them.
Susan Paladino comes from a printmaking background. She is a long-time resident of Boston and is a member of Cambridge Art Association. She is married and has a daughter in New York which enables her to have the opportunity to keep up with what is going on in contemporary art. She teaches on a regular basis at the Cambridge Adult Education Center and has taught at Provincetown Art Association among other venues. She is exploring the non-objective primarily with encaustic medium and oil sticks. She is currently represented by Gallery Blink.