Suzanne Gibbs is creating Contemporary Abstract Portrait Paintings.
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I worked hard for my MFA, but what's even harder is going against my academic training to remain naive and curious. With art tools in hand I start with a blank surface and ask, Why?

Questioning myself first, and societal norms second, I source material for my paintings from all that I see, hear, and read. I wonder about the stories we tell ourselves and, importantly, the stories that never get told. Currently I am examining my feelings and thoughts about the mundane, repetitive, unnoticed, and underappreciated labor of women that often goes unpaid or underpaid. I ask: Why do we say nothing?

Welcome to:
"Shhh, Say Nothing"


"Shhh, Say Nothing" is a visual narrative of and for people who have been asked to hold their/our tongue and ...say nothing, for a lifetime and for centuries...

...Shhh, Say Nothing is a series of paintings currently in progress.

Suzanne Gibbs, ©2019, Purple Lipped Confusion, painting on wood with mixed media collage, 24 x 24 inches.

I have had the luxury of remaining open to my naiveté and curiosity throughout my life. I have been fortunate to receive an education that allows me to systematically ask questions and wonder about current social norms that seem not quite right to me. Like so many women before me and so many women still today, I have felt the need to say nothing about the marginalization of what is typically seen as women's work in order to keep things as they are...

For
Too long
Too many
Have been
Too too quiet
Holding our voices
Too much of saying nothing
To keeping the status quo as is
Too constricted by societal norms.

I no longer wish to shut my mouth.
I know what I think and feel is not nothing.
I wish to silence the voice that says, "Keep quiet!"

As I held my tongue my strongest voice became visual. I "talk" through art by putting my thoughts, actions, ideas, and provocations into my paintings and drawings. I think and feel, then make. Once I see what I have made, I can begin to voice the ideas verbally and in writing.

My paintings will attempt to expose the tedious labor that must be done (often by women) or the scaffolding of society as we know it will fall apart.

As a Patreon subscriber you are invited to be a part of watching my work unfold, grow and be shown. You are a part of the collaborative conversations that will be hosted in this space. I will search for people willing to share their stories about under-recognized labor of any kind—from toilet scrubbing to fill in the blank __________. I will make work from what I learn.

I am excited to create and exhibit the "Shhh, Say Nothing" body of work and I would be thrilled to have your support.

Patreon will be the continuous container that documents my research and our conversations via art, writing, and video.

As a patron you can expect:
  1. That I will make the work—paintings
  2. My original art for sale to you, in advance of the general public
  3. To see this platform used for comments and questions
  4. To view my art output via images, video, and text posts + stuff I send you
  5. To learn the ideas embedded in my work + joy, inspiration, and struggle
  6. An open door to my studio practices + habits
  7. That as you ask for more, I will respond

Join the "Shhh, Say Nothing" project at any tier level.

My plan is to start here, on Patreon but we all know there is no substitute for seeing art in real life. Whenever possible we/I can gather and talk in person! I hope you'll join me for a gallery show or similar event, when I travel I will let you know where I am so that we can meet in person. 

I cannot do my best work alone.

...because,
I know that work not shared becomes flat and biased.
I know that my work grows in perspective and meaning when viewed and discussed—especially when I am asked to defend my visual choices and ideas.

I labor unnoticed, in my studio when I make work—often in silence and always alone. Here on Patreon you can get an insiders look into my creative process.
Tiers
You Matter
$1 or more per month

Access to everything Patreon. Many Thanks! Learn about Say Nothing and get to know me better. 


I will share blogs, video, and art images through Patreon. Early bird discounts on prints and free shipping on fine art.


Shared content comes to my Patreon subscribers first! You Matter!

You Matter Too
$5 or more per month

At this level you will receive all of You Matter.


PLUS a Patreon subscriber special large format postcard of newly created art from the Say Nothing series at least 2x per year. 


AND you'll also see your name in a credit line in a video I create (unless you ask to remain anonymous). 


You matter Too! So much! Thank you!

You Matter Too, Honestly!
$25 or more per month only 250 left

At this level, receive all of You Matter and You Matter Too


PLUS  I will send you 3 blank note cards with art from Say Nothing on the front that you can then send to anyone you like or frame for your own use! These will be printed on fine paper and will include envelopes.


AND your name in a credit line on video will appear every month that you stay active here in Patreon.


You Matter Too, Honestly! I am so very grateful for your support.

Say Nothing! Random Giving.
$100 or more per month only 25 left

Pledge at this level and of course you will receive all the same as the You Matter, You Matter Too, and You Matter Too, Honestly, levels.

PLUS At this level, I will send you a catalogue of the Say Nothing project—after I finish at least 20 paintings. 


AND I am generous, there will be other wonderful gifts of art, drawings, stickers, swag, or art prints from time to time. Stay with me and find out how generous I can be!


Say Nothing! Random Giving. I say, I love your support!

Have Your Say and Stay!
$1,000 or more per month only 6 left

A pledge at this amount receives all of the same as the other pledges.


PLUS  you are free to come visit me at my home and studio—share with me your observations and critique my work.


This is a retreat for you! You are my guest.

We will hike together in a nearby forest or in good weather go out on Floras Lake via kayak and/or paddle board. I will cook nourishing meals for us to enjoy together. We can also draw, paint, write, converse, and create together. Don't want to draw? We will explore the local area together, and while we do you can watch me sketch and capture what I see along the way.

Studio doggies Luna and Zoie would love to meet you too!


Have Your Say and Stay! ...but not too long! LOL ;) Let's share time IRL (in real life). Much gratitude!

Original Art! Just for You!
$5,000 or more per month only 3 left

At this level pledge, you will receive all of the bonuses of the other levels.


PLUS Art! Just for You! I will bring art to you or send art or you can choose a piece during your visit—however we do this, the fine art is just for you! The art will be an original from the Say Nothing series and of a size up to 36 x 36 inches. 


Original Art! Just for You! Be forewarned I will also bear hug you! :)

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I worked hard for my MFA, but what's even harder is going against my academic training to remain naive and curious. With art tools in hand I start with a blank surface and ask, Why?

Questioning myself first, and societal norms second, I source material for my paintings from all that I see, hear, and read. I wonder about the stories we tell ourselves and, importantly, the stories that never get told. Currently I am examining my feelings and thoughts about the mundane, repetitive, unnoticed, and underappreciated labor of women that often goes unpaid or underpaid. I ask: Why do we say nothing?

Welcome to:
"Shhh, Say Nothing"


"Shhh, Say Nothing" is a visual narrative of and for people who have been asked to hold their/our tongue and ...say nothing, for a lifetime and for centuries...

...Shhh, Say Nothing is a series of paintings currently in progress.

Suzanne Gibbs, ©2019, Purple Lipped Confusion, painting on wood with mixed media collage, 24 x 24 inches.

I have had the luxury of remaining open to my naiveté and curiosity throughout my life. I have been fortunate to receive an education that allows me to systematically ask questions and wonder about current social norms that seem not quite right to me. Like so many women before me and so many women still today, I have felt the need to say nothing about the marginalization of what is typically seen as women's work in order to keep things as they are...

For
Too long
Too many
Have been
Too too quiet
Holding our voices
Too much of saying nothing
To keeping the status quo as is
Too constricted by societal norms.

I no longer wish to shut my mouth.
I know what I think and feel is not nothing.
I wish to silence the voice that says, "Keep quiet!"

As I held my tongue my strongest voice became visual. I "talk" through art by putting my thoughts, actions, ideas, and provocations into my paintings and drawings. I think and feel, then make. Once I see what I have made, I can begin to voice the ideas verbally and in writing.

My paintings will attempt to expose the tedious labor that must be done (often by women) or the scaffolding of society as we know it will fall apart.

As a Patreon subscriber you are invited to be a part of watching my work unfold, grow and be shown. You are a part of the collaborative conversations that will be hosted in this space. I will search for people willing to share their stories about under-recognized labor of any kind—from toilet scrubbing to fill in the blank __________. I will make work from what I learn.

I am excited to create and exhibit the "Shhh, Say Nothing" body of work and I would be thrilled to have your support.

Patreon will be the continuous container that documents my research and our conversations via art, writing, and video.

As a patron you can expect:
  1. That I will make the work—paintings
  2. My original art for sale to you, in advance of the general public
  3. To see this platform used for comments and questions
  4. To view my art output via images, video, and text posts + stuff I send you
  5. To learn the ideas embedded in my work + joy, inspiration, and struggle
  6. An open door to my studio practices + habits
  7. That as you ask for more, I will respond

Join the "Shhh, Say Nothing" project at any tier level.

My plan is to start here, on Patreon but we all know there is no substitute for seeing art in real life. Whenever possible we/I can gather and talk in person! I hope you'll join me for a gallery show or similar event, when I travel I will let you know where I am so that we can meet in person. 

I cannot do my best work alone.

...because,
I know that work not shared becomes flat and biased.
I know that my work grows in perspective and meaning when viewed and discussed—especially when I am asked to defend my visual choices and ideas.

I labor unnoticed, in my studio when I make work—often in silence and always alone. Here on Patreon you can get an insiders look into my creative process.

Recent posts by Suzanne Gibbs

Tiers
You Matter
$1 or more per month

Access to everything Patreon. Many Thanks! Learn about Say Nothing and get to know me better. 


I will share blogs, video, and art images through Patreon. Early bird discounts on prints and free shipping on fine art.


Shared content comes to my Patreon subscribers first! You Matter!

You Matter Too
$5 or more per month

At this level you will receive all of You Matter.


PLUS a Patreon subscriber special large format postcard of newly created art from the Say Nothing series at least 2x per year. 


AND you'll also see your name in a credit line in a video I create (unless you ask to remain anonymous). 


You matter Too! So much! Thank you!

You Matter Too, Honestly!
$25 or more per month only 250 left

At this level, receive all of You Matter and You Matter Too


PLUS  I will send you 3 blank note cards with art from Say Nothing on the front that you can then send to anyone you like or frame for your own use! These will be printed on fine paper and will include envelopes.


AND your name in a credit line on video will appear every month that you stay active here in Patreon.


You Matter Too, Honestly! I am so very grateful for your support.

Say Nothing! Random Giving.
$100 or more per month only 25 left

Pledge at this level and of course you will receive all the same as the You Matter, You Matter Too, and You Matter Too, Honestly, levels.

PLUS At this level, I will send you a catalogue of the Say Nothing project—after I finish at least 20 paintings. 


AND I am generous, there will be other wonderful gifts of art, drawings, stickers, swag, or art prints from time to time. Stay with me and find out how generous I can be!


Say Nothing! Random Giving. I say, I love your support!

Have Your Say and Stay!
$1,000 or more per month only 6 left

A pledge at this amount receives all of the same as the other pledges.


PLUS  you are free to come visit me at my home and studio—share with me your observations and critique my work.


This is a retreat for you! You are my guest.

We will hike together in a nearby forest or in good weather go out on Floras Lake via kayak and/or paddle board. I will cook nourishing meals for us to enjoy together. We can also draw, paint, write, converse, and create together. Don't want to draw? We will explore the local area together, and while we do you can watch me sketch and capture what I see along the way.

Studio doggies Luna and Zoie would love to meet you too!


Have Your Say and Stay! ...but not too long! LOL ;) Let's share time IRL (in real life). Much gratitude!

Original Art! Just for You!
$5,000 or more per month only 3 left

At this level pledge, you will receive all of the bonuses of the other levels.


PLUS Art! Just for You! I will bring art to you or send art or you can choose a piece during your visit—however we do this, the fine art is just for you! The art will be an original from the Say Nothing series and of a size up to 36 x 36 inches. 


Original Art! Just for You! Be forewarned I will also bear hug you! :)