I’m fascinated that an essentially formulaic structure such as the face can yield so much individuality and emotion. In my work, I investigate symmetry/asymmetry, light and shadow, color, etc. But most importantly, I explore the reflection of one’s inner world in the mirror of the human face. Each piece is a collaboration of human emotion – the model’s, mine, the viewer’s.
Each portrait is a representation of our collective state of mind. I make an interpretation of what I see and then give it over to the viewer. The beholder then sees what I have made and absorbs that information to merge with their personal experiences and story. And in the space between my work and the viewer’s own experiences, a new piece of art is made that is unique to the beholder.
I see my work as beginning a conversation with the viewer. The initial impression of the piece opens a dialogue. The viewer brings their own world view and experience to the piece. A second look draws the viewer in a little further, and together we co-create a visual exchange that has a personal emotional meaning.
About Susannah Fisher
Susannah Fisher didn’t think she could draw portraits, so for years she drew everything but the face. Then defying her inner critic, she took a portrait painting workshop and has been making portraits ever since. She draws and paints from life, photographs and video – sometimes using all three together as reference. Susannah is a self-taught artist in the classical realist tradition and paints primarily with pastel. Her work is held in private collections.