Susan Marx’s work combines abstraction with the colors of the impressionists. She describes her style as abstract impressionism, a term coined by Elaine de Kooning. Marx calls upon inspirations similar to Joan Mitchell, who once said, "I would more like to paint what [nature] leaves with me.” Marx herself has said, “I paint as a result of my radical amazement at the beauty of the visual world.”
Marx allows herself to be led by emotional sensations rather than an intellectualized plan. She paints at a passionate, furious pace, rarely waiting for prior layers to dry. Her paintings are an emotional reaction concluding in an explosive collision of color and brushwork. Marx often leaves blank spaces on her canvases, often at the edges so that the painting itself becomes a shape. It is a conscious decision, she says, that “lets the painting breathe.” For Marx, process and intent are one and the same. “My paintings are conversations,” she says, “between my eyes, my head, my heart, my gut, and the canvas in front of me.”
Susan Marx currently lives and works in New Jersey.