Heartlands: The Calm and the Chaos by Susan Solomon and Kim Tschida Petters is on view October 12 – November 19. A public reception and gallery talk is scheduled for October 21st from 5:30-7.
Describe your work in 15 words of less
S: My paintings are a search for safety in a storm.
K: These paintings are our universal memories and observations of moving and living alongside the land.
What or who has influenced your work?
S: Nature and my current environment always influence my work. There are certain teachers’ words from long ago that linger and help out when needed. My favorite painters are Rouault and Manet and they haunt my work in the best way.
K: My work is influenced by a lifelong love of driving and being in the car. I’m influenced by other artists whose work relates to PLACE – driving, landscape, and moving images. Werner Herzog, Ed Ruscha, Bruce Springsteen.
Can you describe your evolution as an artist?
S: Like most kids, I liked drawing and painting and never thought to stop. I started with crayons and now love working with sidewalk chalk, so maybe there is some kind of circular evolution there!
K: I’ve always loved drawing and paying attention to creative impulses. The idea of capturing the essence of landscape is really what inspires me. I’ve explored the topic through photography and taking pictures from a moving vehicle. And translating that experience to painting.
What do you enjoy when not working in the studio?
S: I love swimming pools, swimming outside toward the sun-filled bubbles. I also love prairie gardens and hanging out with cats. My impossible dream is to open the first Cat Café in Saint Paul.
K: When I’m not working in the studio I enjoy working on my golf game. And listening to True Crime podcasts.
Favorite Music, Drink
S: Song: “Octopus’s Garden” by Ringo Starr. And Bernard Herrmann’s shower scene music in the movie Psycho. Drink: There is a Brooklyn company called Q that makes THE most amazing hot pepper ginger ale. Movie: Leave No Trace
K: I’m a huge Springsteen fan so mostly I listen to his music and learn about his work as an artist. I love Champagne. My favorite movie is Paris, Texas.
The Visual Arts Exhibition series is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.