Suzanne Laura Kammin

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Maginot Line; 2014; oil on canvas over panel; 14 inches by 14 inches

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Alternative TV; 2013; oil on canvas over panel; 40 inches by 44 inches

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Many Happy Returns; 2013; oil on panel; 36 inches by 36 inches

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Mother Box; 2013; oil on panel; 40 inches by 40 inches

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Snake Charmer; 2013; oil on panel; 16 inches by 16 inches


Artist Statement

In my paintings, using the vernacular of 1970’s era design and electronica, I explore ideas of home, belonging and connectedness. Using a variety of processes, I juxtapose hard edges with more gestural passages, creating works that are both sleek and forgiving.  A mixture of the humane and technological, these abstract paintings can be read as blueprints of a longed-for utopian future.

The materiality of the painted surface has always been a source of challenge and fascination for me.  In my recent paintings, I balance various painted elements – line, shape, color – and use additive and reductive painting techniques to create a sense of wholeness and harmony.  Using an array of tools and techniques, I contrast smooth, minimal shapes of pure color against distressed and improvisatory painted passages to create a sense of expansiveness, magic and mystery.

Bio

Suzanne Laura Kammin received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute.  She also studied at The National College of Art and Design in Dublin, Ireland.  She is a two-time recipient of a grant from the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation and a former member of The Painting Center in New York, NY. She has exhibited her paintings and drawings in galleries and art institutions both nationally and in Canada.  Recent exhibitions include solo exhibitions at The University of Maine Museum of Art and R. Jampol Project(s), New York, NY.  Suzanne is a Part-Time Assistant Professor at Parsons The New School for Design and is represented by Kathryn Markel Fine Arts.