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Susan Varga—Painter and Potter

New art exhibit at the library!

“I am a painter and a ceramic artist, born and raised in Budapest, Hungary. From my early childhood, I loved to draw, paint and sculpt. I studied at the University of Architecture in Budapest, Hungary, and then moved to New York City, where I received a Master’s Degree in Architecture from Columbia University.  Working in the New York office of the historically prominent architect, Marcel Breuer, I eventually found my interests and directed my energies more to painting and ceramics. I moved to Boston, and completed a Master’s Degree in Art Education and Ceramics at the Massachusetts College of Art. I taught art in the Newton Public School System for 25 years. My enthusiastic students learned all different media: drawing, painting, clay sculpture construction. After retirement, I was able to concentrate on my own art: drawing, painting and ceramics.” Susan has a summer home in Falmouth.

Old Ladies of the Harbor
In my new works I have been interested in capturing images of old fishing vessels. What fascinates me in these is the geometry and complexity of their forms. The paintings have solidity, structure that originates from my architectural back round. The details fill every inch of the canvas. The different parts of the boats’ functions are not known to me. Words such as “tiller, keel, stays, masts,” mean nothing for me. Their only function is to create an endless variety of patterns, shapes and colors.

Each painting originates from observation of boats, but each one is very different from the next. I frame the image close up, zooming in on the details, using the many parts of the whole. The 24"/24" format and the double edge canvas allows the paintings to over flow, go off the edges and wrap around the canvas. In this way, the paintings become more abstract, flattening the three dimensional objects into two dimensions.

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