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Susanne Doremus

Compassrose Gallery

Susanne Doremus’ turbulent abstractions willfully seek and then skirt dissolution. She dares uneasy harmonies, creating images with ceaselessly shifting compositions and temperatures. An expert kind of dimensional sparring is at the core of Doremus’ painting; distinct pictorial planes are layered in tense and expectant shuffles. Pattern retains a tenuous hold over these pictures, providing the glue Doremus regularly taxes to its breaking point.

Washy and indeterminate fields of predominantly pastel tones create the backdrop for her subsequent assaults. Insomnia (all works 1991) is pink and delicate; Swimming is done up in aqua; while Mantra is veiled in a lavender mist. Over these dreamy fields the frenzy begins. Doremus employs various linoleum cuts that she repeatedly paints and applies to her surfaces. There can be a fury to her patterning; in Insomnia, for example, a figure printed

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