More than thirty years ago the Swiss-Argentine artist Vivian Suter (*1949) moved to the rain forest in Panajachel, Guatemala, to live on a former coffee plantation. Since then she has worked on her impressive paintings in her wooden-hut studio, as well as outdoors. The tropical garden is her playground; her canvases lie on the sandy ground or hang in trees; dust, mud, leaves, mangos, and insects leave their traces on them. Her painting is influenced by organic processes and coincidence—even natural disasters are her material, when flood waters make their mark on canvases, becoming part of her large, colorful paintings. Containing documentation of her living and work spaces, as well as brief statements from companions and friends, the monograph also offers essays, numerous pictures, and insight into the artist’s private life. For the exhibition: Art Institute of Chicago, 25.8.2018–27.1.2019
English, 2019. 352 pp., 205 ills., hardcover, 21 × 27 cm, ISBN 978-3-7757-4551-2.
Ed. Gladstone Gallery, text(s) by Adam Szymczyk, contributions by R. H. Quaytman, Moyra Davey, Hendrik Folkerts, graphic design by Studio Manuel Raeder. Published by Hatje Cantz.