JOHN RANDALL YOUNGER
Oil on panel, 2008
This is the artist Suzanne Silver at work in her basement studio. The strangeness of her position intrigued me and was the impetus for the painting. The discarded junk in the room was rearranged almost daily as she slowly transformed the objects into her art. My identification with Suzanne was a strong force behind the work. As the painting progressed, possible themes became apparent, but only in retrospect can I honestly see them. My concern while painting is simply to resolve the mundane problems I face with the medium; through that long, difficult process, the painting (hopefully) takes on a life of its own. Looking back, I think that is what the painting is about -- the banality and ecstasy of the artistic process.