"I do not only paint what is recognizable at first glance, I also paint the story behind the external appearance."
Susanne Reske is a contemporary abstract and mixed media artist who has won national and international art awards. She lives at the Lake of Constance / Germany.
In addition to studying social pedagogy, she completed her studies in fine arts. A major theme in her painting is the abstraction and the viewer´s freedom of interpretation that goes with it.
Furthermore, the artist creates contemporary portraits that contain a distinctive style between figuration and abstraction. Susanne Reske is interested in the history, the biography, and the individual personality of the person to be depicted. This researched knowledge flows into her large-format portraits as colored expression and emotion through various techniques.
Her works of art are thus not an exclusive depiction of reality but at the same time an expression of what is hidden behind the first impression.
Influenced by her social pedagogical studies, her contemporary works also deal with socially critical, ecological, and female-specific topics of the present and the past. In her paintings, she often works with acrylic, graphite, tissue paper, and paper and experiments freely with textures of sand, gesso, and plastic masses.
Her works are shown in national and international solo and group exhibitions in Germany and abroad.
For me, painting begins with an impulse or a special moment that nature, the immediate environment, or the media often convey to me. Remarkable biographies also represent an inspiration for the creation of a portrait for me, ecological, political, or socially critical topics can also be the motive for a new abstract composition.
Based on my studies in social pedagogy and my several years of art education work in a rehabilitation clinic for women and children, another focus of my painting lies in the reflection of the role of women in social change and in the biographical work on the topic "courage. strength. resilience. - lifelines of extraordinary women".
Through the art education work in this clinic, I was able to experience how abstract!!! painting in particular and the intensive study of inner images can give women and children their courage and self-confidence back. The unrestricted, unconditional creativity can lead to a more positive self-perception, to a strengthening of one's own resources, and thus to an increase in one's own resilience. This important experience and the sustained engagement with various stylistic devices and artists have decisively shaped my own (artistic) path.
Painting is an attempt to create something new and a medium that people can use to communicate and get in touch with each other. The resulting image is then completely freely available to the viewer's perceptions. These do not have to be congruent with my message as an artist, my actual intention in the picture may even remain hidden from the viewer, instead new interpretations emerge. The creative process represents an opportunity to connect external impulses with my own inner perceptions and images and to express them through a wide variety of creative means and techniques.