Sue Scott Gallery

Art in Review: Suzanne McClelland

Roberta Smith
The New York Times, October 1990
Suzanne McClelland’s first solo exhibition introduces an artist who is trying to make paint do things it hasn’t done before. She specializes in a kind of hallucinatory surge in which language, material and emotion join together for results that are random and primitive and that avoid the traditional niceties of paint. Ms. McClelland’s fluid surfaces are more spilled than painted, and some of their scattered marks gradually reveal themselves to be fragmented letters of the works’ titles, but only after a good bit of looking. As words like “Now,” “Forever,” and “Till” emerge from these unaccommodating surfaces, the paintings convey a sensibility that is both feminine and feminist, that obliquely recounts suffering and patience while adamantly refusing to suffer or be patient any longer.