Paintings

A collection of paintings by Suzanne Gibbs Art.

My paintings are made in series. From 2018-2020 was the Shhh, Say Nothing: an honest look at silenced voices years (these are no longer available). The Dot Dilemma: incessant internal chatter that matters is my newest series, begun in 2021.

The Dot Dilemma series invented itself while I was sleeping and awake—these paintings insisted on being painted beginning early in 2021. My body asked for me to make circles and to look through the world via a small circular openings. I actually walked around for months with a circle cut out of a piece of painted cardboard. I had several of these, in different colors. My little peek holes into the world.

In my body I realized that through COVID-19 we stand on dots and we operate as if we had bubbles surrounding us in public. We move around one another as if to say, "don't come near me, watch out" and at the same time we are expressing the idea of "I respect your space, your body, and your health." I am interested in this push pull of human existence.

I am interested in why I chat with myself about these space bubbles when I go outside of my home. Sometimes I feel safe. Sometimes I feel anxious. Sometimes I feel angry. I paint from my experiences.

I also think of the circle as metaphor—there are no edges, no endings and no beginnings, we are all one. We are all in this pandemic together. And even with the seriousness of life in a pandemic I see that our existence is not all horrible and that dots represent playful moments in life. We are living in troubled times and dots can remind us of our universal truths and commonalities. Dots are the beginning of something new.