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The Story Behind… A Pearl of Great Price

Pearl of Dusk (Left)   Pearl of Twilight (Right)

Pearl of Dusk (Left) Pearl of Twilight (Right)

“A Pearl of Great Price – Dusk” (SOLD) and “A Pearl of Great Price – Twilight”

By Susan Pietsch
FOR SALE: “A Pearl of Great Price – Twilight”
$150.00 Acrylic on paper, 45 x 45cm

The story behind these pieces…

…what is the one thing in this world that I would give up everything for?

The time in life is late. The sun is setting. There is still light in the sky however, still time to ponder…

…what is the one thing in this world that I would give up everything for?

 What really matters in your life? What are you earning all that money for?

 Dusk and its companion, Twilight, was generated from two sources. One being listening to Marjorie Jackson-Nelson saying she would give up everything – Olympic medals, material wealth – just to have her husband back. The other from the Gospel of Matthew in the Bible –

“..the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all he had and bought it.” (Matt 13:45-46 KJV)

Which brings us back to…

…what is the one thing in this world that I would give up everything for?

Twilight….

The time in life is late. The sea is now dark. There is little light left in the sky, the question is more urgent…

 …what is the one thing in this world that I would give up everything for?

 What really, really matters in your life? How are you choosing to spend your days?

 The sea is often a metaphor for the subconscious. The saying” A ship in the harbour is safe, but that is not what ships are built for” got us moving but now we’re “all at sea”. Our bearings lost, the reason we left port forgotten. And time is passing. The light is fading.

 … what really matters?

 …what is the one thing in this world that I would give up everything for?

 Twilight and its companion Dusk invite you to sit a while and contemplate.

Pearl - Dusk (detail)

Pearl – Dusk (detail)

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The Story behind…Something in the Nothing

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“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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New Cards added to the Shop

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Set of two greeting cards featuring my work from the Place-Meant Exhibition are now available in my store. The cards are blank inside allowing you to add your own message to suit the occasion.  Click HERE to purchase!

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Last Days – Place-Meant Exhibition until Dec 12, 2014

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“Lost and found” by Susan Pietsch

The Textales exhibition “Place-Meant” has two weeks left – open at Hughes Gallery, Fullarton Centre, Fullarton Rd, Fullarton, South Australia. Pop in and have a chat to one of the artists on duty and check out the piece about in real life. The shadow play on the wall is excellent.

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