Susan Palmisano

Deeply affected by the widely condemned and heartless act of separating young Latino children from their parents seeking asylum in the USA, I ask, who are we and what does it mean to be human? In contemplating these quintessential questions of humankind, a fervent sense of urgency arises in light of today’s political climate. In tribal fashion, we construct an us-against-them attitude of identity politics along rigid political, ethnic and cultural divides, driven by fear and an innate desire to belong. Consequently, this tactic is perilously dehumanizing, dismissive of the ever-evolving nuances and complexities deeply embedded in the essence of humanness.

As an artist, I choose the language of abstraction to create a liminal space, a place of crossing where differences meet, exchange and transform, blurring notions of separation/integration, alienation/inclusion, and me/other. Influenced by Buddhist philosophy, my work looks at the condition of being human from the perspective of interconnectedness and flux. The work examines the endless stream of ever-shifting experience and how it continually changes our understanding of the universe and our relationship within it. The work challenges us to perceive the world through a tapestry of mutable human experiences to simply see what is.