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Susana Tanger (b. 1942) explores nature as her inspiration, tribute to her upbringing in the 1940’s and 50’s rural New England. To determine the process in beginning a new painting, Tanger looks to her past, balancing the need to express psychological events with the formal aspects of deciding her procedure. Tanger constructs paintings with an approach allowing unexpected forms to occur, as it is less important to depict things naturally for her; the focus of the work is to depict her lived experiences in whatever visual form they look like. The process relies on patience and purposiveness in allowing unconscious expression to happen. Tanger’s use of repetition alludes to an essential and central figure in the work, even when this figure is not completely visible. The approach Tanger takes in discovering the reality of a painting derives from a constant migration between the subjective and objective ways of experience.

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