Monthly Archives: June 2015

The Story behind the piece…Families are not Puzzles

This piece will challenge some as it not a “pretty picture” exercise. Have a read about what I was working out while painting it.

Families are not Puzzles

Families are not Puzzles

“Families are not Puzzles”

By Susan Pietsch

Acrylic on canvas, 90 x 120cm

For Sale: $800 (not including shipping)

 The story behind the piece…

This painting challenges the stereotypical landscape painting. To make sense of any of the landscapes one needs to concentrate on only one area at a time. These landscapes do not sit comfortably side by side… just like family members. Within each profile resides a landscape representing the soul of a family member. Similar, connected but different from each other, the landscapes portray the richness that exists within the family. It doesn’t, however, join together to one coherent image like a jigsaw puzzle –  because families are not like puzzles…

Or the Waltons, or the Brady Bunch. Differences don’t resolve, they must simply be lived with. People embraced for their uniqueness, seen for who they are rather than who we want them to be. Families are not like jigsaw puzzles and that’s ok.

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The story behind the piece… Aspects Of Landscape 1

As narrative is an important part of my work I’m going to share with you with stories behind the pieces from my latest exhibition “The Landscape of Thought”


“Aspects of Landscape 1”

By Susan Pietsch

 Acrylic on canvas, 110 x 80cm, now in a private collection

 The story behind the piece…


We visit all kinds of places in our travels, bringing with us our own language born out of a different place. We apply this foreign language over each new place we encounter without allowing the native language of the place to speak. Without stopping to listen, to take in the place both close up and at large.

When I view a landscape, I take it in, in parts. There may be a memory of an overview but also those parts that I focused on: rocks, pools, sky. Overlaid onto this landscape is the language I use to describe it. It doesn’t come from the landscape I’m viewing but from places of my past. Sometimes the language meshes and intertwines with the landscape, other times it’s incomprehensible and makes no sense in relation to what it’s trying to describe. But each time I visit a place this language of landscape expands and grows richer, allowing me to make more sense of what I’m experiencing.

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