76 Meadow Woods Road

Becky Suss

In 2012, Becky was moved to paint 76 Meadow Wood Road in response to the physical loss of her deceased grandparents’ Long Island dwelling. Becky was also prompted to paint this—and the other, similarly themed works that would soon follow—as a result of again coming into direct contact with the numerous artifacts after they were re-housed in the homes of her immediate family members. Of this series, of which 76 Meadow Wood Road is a part, it has been said Becky is now examining ”space, nostalgia, class, and the transporting nature of art and decorative objects.”7 Also, while these works on first glance hint at realism, “…abstraction undergrids her practice both formally (she loves grids, patterns, and monochromatic surfaces) and conceptually in that the reality that what she represents is filtered through the gray zone of memory….”8 As with other works that she completed between 2010 and 2012, 76 Meadow Wood Road features a re-imagined scene—as culled from memory. Depicting a view of sculptural forms framed by a wide, contiguous set of windowpanes that reveals a dense, vertiginous exterior, this work is arguably as much of a landscape as it is a painting of an interior. 76 Meadow Wood Road might be considered something of a bridging or a transitional painting. It appears post the production of many other works of landscape, including Kensington, Winter (2010), and Kensington, Summer (2010), which featuring the yards of neighborhood homes in Philadelphia. Yet, immediately following 76 Meadow Wood, Becky developed an entire body of work, based on her childhood memories of her grandparents’ home, in which she consistently “brings the outdoors in through the use of windows and mirrors.”9 Nevertheless, each of these later works based on the memories of her grandparents’ home is decidedly an interior scene. Moreover, Becky has also moved to creating and including in her exhibitions works of ceramic sculpture inspired by the artisanal artifacts, books, and other souvenirs that have now been passed on to other family members.10 Thus, 76 Meadow Wood Road—which does prominently feature a selection of these collected, artisanal forms--may now stand as the seminal work, the one that initially led her to, and which may further influence her future trajectory of work. 7 “Becky Suss: Exhibitions”, Jack Shainman Gallery, 2016. Accessed on April 26, 2016 at http://www.jackshainman.com/artists/beckysuss/. 8 Alex Baker, “Reprefantisation: Kate Abercrombie, Sarah Gamble, Kinke Kooi, Becky Suss, December 13, 2013 – February 1, 2014” Felisher/Ollman [Exhibition catalogue]: 9. 9 Edith Newhall, “Galleries: Becky Suss’ art dreams mid-century dreams”, The Philadelphia Inquirier, 6 December 2016. Accessed on April 26, 2016 athttp://articles.philly.com/2015-12-06/news/68812207_1_paintings-lamp-ex… 10 “Becky Suss: Exhibitions”, Jack Shainman Gallery, 2016. Accessed on April 26, 2016 at http://www.jackshainman.com/artists/beckysuss/
Artist
Date of Birth
(b. 1980)
Date
2012
Medium
Oil on linen
Dimensions
72 1/2 x 120 in. (184.15 x 304.8 cm.)
Accession #
2016.16
Credit Line
Museum Purchase
Category
Subject
On View
No
On Loan
No