Renovate, Remodel, Make New

Renovate, Remodel, Make New

Susan Hart
Thursday, October 17, 2019 to Friday, December 6, 2019

Renovate – restoring, improving, repair or update.

Remodelchange the appearance, transform existing design or structure.

Renovate and remodel are words that are often used interchangeably when actually they are two distinct procedures.

This body of work was in response to the physical renovation/remodel of our home as well as a spiritual renovation of my heart. Pushing me to dig deep, sift through, trust the process, and through it all create work that transports the viewer.

Renovate and remodel are processes that are a part of my creative practice, whether I am starting with an old work, a clean canvas, or on paper. The process is about building a history through the adding and subtracting of layers of paint, paper and other materials. Sometimes a painting requires a renovation, an update, while others need a remodel, a transformation. Many of the paintings in this exhibit were older works that I felt needed to be updated or transformed.

Several of the works contain old family ephemera, records of long ago that capture a history of living.  Normally lost to a renovation they have been reclaimed as a treasure trove of creative materials that will be used to make something new and yet add a sense of time and memory.