July 7, - September 16, 2007
Hard Headed, 2007, Acrylic on Canvas, 63 ¾” x63 ¾”
Susan Barnett is a second year Masters of Fine Arts student at the Meadows School of Arts. Her recent paintings on display in the
Hawn Gallery explore systems of the mind. Initially this body of work originated with paintings based upon a specialized type of Latin
Square popularized by the Sudoku puzzle. The properties of a Latin Square result in a balanced repetition of all the elements,
numbers which she translated into symbols.
The addictive nature of Sudoku is in part due to its reassuring properties: known rules and an ultimate “correct” answer.
It is a “closed end” system. Over time Barnett began to recognize in these systems the ways in which we organize, reveal and
against the inherent chaos of the universe.
insuring that system stress is distributed uniformly so that no one node becomes the focus or center. She generates these drawings
based on one rule designed to enforce an even distribution: no more than 5 lines intersecting at any one point. The resulting
drawings are random, “open ended systems” that feel organic.
These drawings in turn developed into ambiguous folded structures that seem to fly across the surface. In many instances Barnett retains the use of the grid and her system of symbols used in the initial Sudoku paintings as a way of imposing order in the chaos.