Monthly Archives: July 2015

The Story behind…Something in the Nothing


“Something in the Nothing – Wet”  (top)

“Something in the Nothing – Dry” (bottom)

By Susan Pietsch
Mixed Media on canvas,  each piece is 76 x 25 x 10cm
FOR SALE – $200 each, freight at cost.

The story behind the piece…

Travelling through the outback can bring long stretches of similar landscape without much relief. These periods are endured in order to reach something… Something that makes hours of bare plains worth the price. We take these “somethings” and stitch them together to make memories of a life.

 Much like in life – stretches of “nothing time” – that we barely remember but the calendar shows us has past. It’s May – do you remember what you were doing on this date back in February? It’s likely that you will remember the somethings… gatherings, embarrassments, fragments. The “somethings” in between the long stretches of nothing.



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The story behind… On Reflection: Things are different

On Reflection: Things are Different

On Reflection: Things are Different

“On Reflection, things are Different”

By Susan Pietsch
FOR SALE : $1100.00 Acrylic on Industrial Fabric (Lutradur), 100 x 130 cm

 The story behind the piece…

 “We are players, but do not direct the play. Crucial decisions were made for us, before we were born. …Even the decisions we make for ourselves seldom take us where we meant to go.”
Barbara Brown Taylor – An Altar in the World

 Yet we still choose to set out afresh. Hope –  hope of transformation – of our lives, ourselves, our world, pushes us on to dare to take another step.

This piece is in reaction to the self-help movement that likes to believe that we have greater control of our lives than we actually do. Yet, one does not choose our place of birth, parents, and circumstances. To be born in Nepal, or Vanuatu or Yemen would make a big difference to one’s life journey.

As we set out along our chosen path, only ever able to see a small way ahead, don’t despair about falling off and getting wet or ending up elsewhere. Embrace the journey, adapt to the changes and just maybe that hoped for transformation will take place.

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