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Untitled (Nocturne II)

Susan Vecsey

Somerville, b.1971


Oil on linen

50 x 52 inches
127 x 132.1 cm

© Susan Vecsey, courtesy of the artist and Berry Campbell Gallery, New York


Living on the East End of Long Island, Susan Vecsey has a lot to inspire her. She is, after all, ensconced in a wide range of landscapes, including deep, dense backwoods, picturesque beaches, farmlands and vineyards, big skies, sunny days, dramatic sunsets, raging snowstorms, and trees cloaked in autumnal tonalities.

In the past few years, however, she has stripped these images of their specificity. Vecsey freely admits, “I’m not making up shapes.” In other words, she is simplifying them in order to portray something universal.

Occasionally, she makes larger works in a diptych format. As it is, to get started, she relies on a few academic basics. She makes small charcoal drawings on the spot; and after that, pastels and color studies before she ever picks up any brushes, sponges, rags, or pour buckets. Then, she improvises.