“In the paintings where it’s there—the tenderness—I work for it. I’m not afraid of it. If I could put my bleeding fucking heart in there, I would.” —Susan Rothenberg
In an episode from the ART21 Exclusive series filmed at her home and studio in New Mexico, artist Susan Rothenberg explains how she transforms personal experiences and feelings into works that can become an “emotional moment” for the viewer.
Susan Rothenberg Axes, 1976 Synthetic polymer paint, gesso, charcoal and pencil on canvas
“By the middle of the ‘70s,” Rothenberg has said, “I sensed that people were tired of Minimal and Conceptual art. It made sense to paint an image of something you could recognize and feel something about.” Having found herself doodling a horse on a bit of canvas in 1973, Rothenberg shortly began a series of full-scale paintings of horses. These works anticipated the powerful return of figurative and subjective content in American and European art of the late 1970s and 1980s. (via MoMA | The Collection | Susan Rothenberg. Axes. 1976)