Susan Avishai

ABSTRACTION

These abstract paintings and drawings have been evolving over the past two years from my own imperative to abandon the tangible object as reference, and the intellect as critic. Rather, I am responding with each new mark or colour on the canvas to those which have come before. What starts randomly turns deliberate.

The paintings all seem to contain the rounded square, as figure and/or window, singly or in masses. In some paintings they succumb to gravity; in some they repel or attract each other as magnets. What intrigues me is their engagement with each other, and their energy in space. They can appear as webs or primordial soups, bubbles or views of the ground from high above. The imagery is, in fact, what the viewer makes of it, and I feel the work succeeds only when it becomes a dialogue.

"What I mean by 'abstract' is something which comes to life spontaneously through a gamut of contrasts, plastic at the same time as psychic, pervading the eye of the spectator with conceptions of new and unfamiliar elements."

-Marc Chagall

collage and oil stick
  
oil stick on canvas
  
oil stick and collage on canvas [SOLD to Bell Canada]
     
  
oil stick & collage on canvas [SOLD to Bell Canada]
  
collage and oil stick on canvas
  
collage and oil stick on canvas [SOLD to FedEx Canada]
     
  
Collage and oil stick on canvas with built out edges
  
oil stick, pastel, collage on canvas[SOLD to FedEx Canada]
  
[SOLD]
     
  
collage and oil stick on canvas[SOLD to FedEx Canada]
  
[SOLD]
  
oil stick, pastel, collage on canvas [SOLD]
     
  
collage and oil stick on canvas with built out edges[SOLD]
  
collage and oil stick on canvas with built out edges
  
collage and oil stick on cnvas with built out edges
     
  
collage and oil stick on canvas with built out edges
  
collage and oil stick on canvas[SOLD]
  
oil stick and collage with found papers [NFS]
     
  
oil stick and collage on canvas
  
collage and oil stick on canvas
  
     
  
oil stick, pastel, and graphite on canvas [SOLD]
  
oil stick, pastel, and collage on canvas[SOLD]
  
oil stick and collage with found papers[available at Koyman Gallery, Ottawa]
     
  
oil stick and collage on canvas
  
collage and oil stick on canvas
  
oil stick, pastel, wax, and graphite on canvas[SOLD]
     
  
oil stick, pastel, collage on canvas
  
oil stick and collage on canvas[SOLD]
  
oil stick, collage, found objects on canvas [SOLD]
     
  
collage and oil stick on canvas[available at Koyman Gallery, Ottawa]
  
collage and oil stick on canvas in 4 parts[SOLD]
  
oil stick, oil pastel on canvas[available at Koyman Gallery, Ottawa]
     
  
handmade papers, threads, oil stick on canvas[SOLD]
  
handmade papers, threads and oil stick on canvas[SOLD]
  
oil stick and collage on canvas  [SOLD]
     
  
oil stick, pastel, and graphite on canvas
  
Collage and oil stick on canvas[available at Koyman Gallery, Ottawa]
  
oil stick, pastel, and graphite on canvas
     
  
oil stick and collage on canvas
  
oil stick and collage on canvas
  
graphite, charcoal, pastel, and wax on paper
     
  
charcoal, graphite, wax, and oil stick on paper