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This piece is a departure of sorts for me because even though I would categorize it as abstract and began it as a color field piece, it is also suggestive of a landscape. I was losing myself in what was becoming a miasma. I had the urge to make some gestures and break up the cloud. The gestures then progressed to the finished state. Most people who look at it see a frozen pond. That is something elemental and fascinating about the human brain. It is so uncomfortable with uncertainty.

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Bruce Dean
Bruce Dean Artist

August 04, 2022

This is lovely. It is interesting to imagine the act of creating it. There is gesture and detail.

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Carol Santora
Carol Santora Artist

February 25, 2022

Yes, I see a frozen hay field... perhaps because I have horses...

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John Crowther
John Crowther Critic

February 23, 2022

Susan Wolfe Huppman’s "Frozen" certainly engenders highly subjective interpretation. While the painting is abstract in more ways than I have words to chronicle, I admit, upon first glance, I registered it as markedly figurative. Huppman writes that most people see it as a frozen pond, which never crossed my mind and never would have without the input of others. I still have trouble seeing it as anything other than a winter field of petrified plants. However, as I consider the painting through the interpretation of others, my perception begins to change. A purely gestural abstraction emerges from the initial impression of figuration. Furthermore, the ice-skate-scored surface of a frozen pond becomes increasingly apparent. I don't even know if these interpretations have swayed me in one direction or the other, but they have certainly expanded my understanding of the work.

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Susan Wolfe Huppman
Painting - Unframed
Oil, Canvas
60.00 inches wide
72.00 inches tall
2.50 inches deep
9.00 lbs
Reisterstown, MD, US