Secret Life of Suburbia | Paintings by Deborah Sukenic

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Oakland University


Excerpt from essay: Deborah Sukenic's paintings expose the fragile psychology of suburbia. Good art is seldom spawned from contentment and the restlessness in Sukenic's work oozes up through cracks, spreading across the foreground and forecourts of her bleak suburban piazzas. Neither landscapes nor genre scenes, these paintings explore the fragile relationship between the remembered and the observed delving into the artist's memory through painting. The psychological realm explored in her work is the not so pristine, entropy ridden architectural domicile unit. Sukenic's fatigued houses and interiors invite inquisition. Perhaps she wants us to dig, and dig deeper - archeologically that is - to deconstruct with Freudian trowel and brush to find out what went awry because in her version of suburbia all is not always well.


Catalog of an exhibition held at the Oakland University Art Gallery, September 11 - October 10, 2004. Contains interview with the artist.


Oakland University Art Gallery, Oakland University. College of Arts and Sciences, Exhibition catalogs, Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs, Sukenic, Deborah