Susan Palmisano

First mountains are mountains
Then mountains are not mountains
Then mountains are just mountains
- Ch'ing-yuan

These words attributed to the Ch'an master Ch'ing-yuan, teaches us to see beyond social conventions and mental constructs to experience the essence of being. My work looks at the condition of being human from the perspective of interconnectedness, acceptance and synchronicity. The work looks at the endless stream of ever-shifting experience and how it continually changes our understanding of the universe and our relationship within it. As an artist, I choose the language of abstraction to function as a metaphor to express the true nature of our identity beyond gender, ethnicity and cultural stereotypes. My work challenges the viewer to let go of his or her desire to recognize and name forms within the paintings to experience its essence, in much the same way that Ch'ing-yuan teaches us to see what is.