Present Tense

The Art of Memphis, 2001-Now

Susan Maakestad
oil on canvas, 14x19

Artist Susan Maakestad

From the collection of Pat Mazzeo and Sandra Sarkela

Of her Motel Lot (2004), artist Susan Maakestad says "At the time I was painting the unnoticed marginal spaces in the urban landscape. This painting was painted from a snapshot I took in the parking lot of an interstate chain motel. I was attracted to the anonymity of the place and its transitory function. In the painting I wanted to connect emotionally to the banal landscape by elevating it into something alive and beautiful through the means of light and color. I long for the unobstructed view and its inherent sense of possibility just beyond the horizon." Maakestad is a professor of painting at the Memphis College of Art.

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