Susan Forrester-Mackay Shows Us "People, Places, Playing and Protests" in "Following Where Art Leads Me" at Octagon Art Gallery
"Following Where Art Leads Me" will debut this Friday, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Octagon Art Gallery at Patterson Library. This show will be on display until Friday, November 11.
"Following Where Art Leads Me" is a collection of photo-realistic paintings from local artist Susan Forrester-Mackay. The collection focuses on Mackay's travels and the many different people and experiences she had because of art. Mackay explains the motivations behind her work in her artist statement for the show:
"I create artwork because the beauty of the process is the best mind-altering state I've ever known. The subject of human beings is an endless source of fascination for me; hence most of my work is figurative and evocative. Always focusing on the variety of every day gestures and experiences. Sometimes it's places that still hold the essence of human experience. Sometimes it's emotions that worry or things that delight the human soul and imagination. But I believe the universal themes are felt by all at one time or another.
I paint in many ways, with many emotions. There is always a thread which stitches my work together such as color and subject. My brush works ranges from detailed strokes to wide explosions. The direction depends on my mood, my subject's mood and makes for the diversity and expressive creativity that I crave. I hope you enjoy this art journey with its many twists and turns. As someone once said, 'A journey which leads in a straight line, leads no where.'
I have been graced with many awards since the late 1960s. I had my first "One-Woman Show: A Second Look" in Buffalo, New York, in the 1970s after winning first place in sculpture. And the rest of they say is history. Twists and turns later, my work resides in many states and Mexico, in private homes and a couple museums. I am a patron member of the Portrait Society of America, Artists United, Americans for the Arts and a proud founding member of the North Shore Arts Alliance.