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”
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.