" The work I paint is an ongoing exploration of the over-simplified world of mid-century print ads and how, with subtle changes, new meaning can be applied to them that reflects my own voice and experience. The struggle is to tame the literal narrative and effectively open each of my canvases without commenting or lecturing. I have found that vintage advertisements taken out of their literal context are an excellent suit in which to dress a more complicated idea. What I want viewers to explore is the possibility that under the obvious is something less perfect that demands to be heard."
Susannah Blanton is an artist living and working in Austin. Growing up in Fort Worth she was influenced by the creative spirits of her parents who exposed her to all forms of art from an early age. She began painting seriously around 2004 in Los Angeles where the strong social commentary in the local artists served as the greatest influence to her work. To her, it’s not about just making something that is pretty - it is about illustrating a message and telling a story - even if it is not one everyone wants to hear.