I‘ve seriously considered painting a burden, though I do consider it my only means of understanding the world, and, in fact my only means of feeling at home in the world. I don’t know what I feel and think until I paint. Painting is my only means of bringing each day about – making peace with myself and creating a place in which I fit into. I try to turn my external environment into an inward reality – it’s one of the things that makes me – it takes from me and it gives to me.
The human figure is the vehicle with which I can most positively relate. I’m preoccupied, fascinated and curious about the solitariness and mysteriousness of human beings. The more developed my curiosity becomes, the more acute, the more complicated, complex and suggestive the world around people becomes. I am also driven and guided by sensory impressions: noise, color, texture, smell, shapes, expressions, tone, language and light.
I don’t approach the canvas with a particular image in my mind. I go to it with pigment in my hands and do something to that piece of material in front of me, then work almost at random until the image begins to assert itself. This action depends on the imponderable and I welcome the accidental – it creates an arena in which to act. The questions that I always ask are: what do you want to be, what do you want from me and what do you want me to do. Sometimes the painting becomes the answer – in other words, I am not trying to prove anything. I am the one who is learning.
Born: Bern, Switzerland
Slete Gallery/Obsolete, Culver City, CA. Entangled States. June 8–July 8.
Sue Greenwood Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA. Moments of Stillness. Nov 1–Nov 30.
Hespe Gallery, San Francisco, CA. What the Flames Make Visible. May 1–May 30.
Sue Greenwood Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA. Unruffled. October 20–November 30.
Art Space Gallery, Fresno City College, Fresno CA. Echoes. November 4–December 5.
Hespe Gallery, San Francisco, CA. Storrow Drive–North Station. October 4–October 27.
Sue Greenwood Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA. Silent–Anticipation. July 5–August 15.
Obsolete, Venice, CA. Power in each Step. September 24–October 21.
Hespe Gallery, San Francisco, CA. Breaking Things Open. October 5–October 30.
Sue Greenwood Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA. Recent Paintings. June 17–July 31.
Consulate General of Switzerland, San Francisco, CA. August 31–October 10.
Hespe Gallery, San Francisco, CA. The Illusion of Singularity. April 29–May 24.
Julie Baker Fine Art, Nevada City, CA. Recent Paintings. October 12–November 5.
Hespe Gallery, San Francisco, CA. Crossing every Boundary. May 2–May 30.
Stewart Gallery, Boise, ID. Figures. October 7–November 9.
Eureka Fellowship Award Nominee, Fleishhacker Foundation, San Francisco, CA.
INSITE Award Nominee, SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA.
The MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH. Residency, January-February.
Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA. Here: BAC Artists Annual. December 1–January 15, 2017.
Sue Greenwood Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA. Holiday Exhibition. December 1–January 15, 2017.
Patricia Rovzar Gallery, Seattle, WA. Holiday Exhibition. December 1–December 31.
Misho Gallery, San Francisco, CA. Bay Area Swiss Artists. December 1–December 17.
artMAKT San Francisco. April 22–May 1. Hespe Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
Patricia Rovzar Gallery, Seattle,WA. Celebrate Art – Group Anniversary Exhibition. Dec 3–Dec 31.
Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA. Arts alive! 75 Reunion. September 17–November 12.
apex, New York, NY. Private Stash: A Musician’s Eye Fred Hersch. September 8–October 29.
Alphonse Berber Gallery, Berkeley, CA. Images of Man and Woman.
Curated by Peter Selz and Cameron Jackson. December 4–January 30.
Toronto International Art Fair, West Vancouver, BC, Canada.
J. Cacciola Gallery, New York, NY. Gallery Group Show. July–August.
AAF Contemporary, Pier 92, New York, NY. October 27–October 30.
Obsolete, Venice, CA. Private Drama. April 2–May 2.