“An extended trip to Morocco in the Fall of 2019 filled me to overflowing with inspiration for future paintings. Just as I was getting underway in the studio the pandemic hit. Silence and solitude took the place of the color, chaos, noise, and chatter of the Moroccan medinas. I surprised myself by becoming entranced by this state of stillness – it was so the opposite of my recent experience.
In the quiet I found myself going ever more deeply into the rooms and spaces I was painting. The light took on even greater significance than it usually does in my work. I finished the paintings for this show as we were moving from one phase of the pandemic to another. I realize it’s a risky time for us all to be together in person, but I’m so happy for these paintings to see the light of day. This show is literally a coming out from within.” — Susan Bennerstrom