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Susan Michod

Jan Cicero Gallery

For Susan Michod, a child’s sense of fantasy provides an escape from the limitations of pattern and decoration. Her earlier paintings were tightly organized abstract compositions with small angular forms stamped in pale colors on unstretched canvases. They conjured up associations of Southwestern Indian rugs and elaborate interlocking puzzles, with the artist’s pleasure in calm steady repetition an important part of the work’s content. In Michod’s more recent paintings the pattern is still there, but in a honeycomb network relegated to the background; the association is now with embroidery or appliqué rather than with weaving. Michod’s palette has become deeper, richer, and denser, her brushstroke looser and more painterly. The repetition remains but the subject matter is now representational fragments of landscapes or underwater vistas; prairie grasses are straw yellow, and luscious pink

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