My Heart's a Little Fast, but otherwise, Everything's Fine new paintings by Susanna Bluhm


Humboldt State University: First Street Gallery presents, My Heart’s a Little Fast, but Otherwise, Everything’s Fine: New paintings by Susanna Bluhm, on exhibit from October 2nd to November 4th, 2012.

A Los Angeles native, Bluhm received a BA in Studio Art in 1998 from Humboldt State University and went on to earn MFA in Painting from University of Illinois. She now resides with her family in Seattle. She has exhibited her art nationally and internationally, including exhibitions in Berlin, Dublin, New York, San Francisco, Chicago and Washington D.C.

Susanna Bluhm’s works blends abstraction and representation to create landscape environments that engage the viewer’s imagination and emotions. Bluhm utilizes many art materials, including, oil, acrylic, gouache, pencil, and colored pencil to create her drawings and paintings. Her style is painterly, incorporating a variety of painting techniques that selectively flatten and expand the depth of her environments. 

She avoids injecting deliberate narrative meaning into her work, instead preferring the viewer to have a subjective reaction from the act of looking. When creating these liminal spaces, she hopes to arouse the “sensations of things that might happen in a place, such as weather, touch, landscape, temperature, sex, or noise.” These paintings inspire personal interpretations by the viewer.

The titles of her work often catch the attention of viewers as they have literary and poetic appeal. For example, one painting in the exhibition is titled, His eyes are like doves beside springs of water, bathed in milk. The title is drawn from the poem, The Songs of Songs of Solomon in The Old Testament. The painting is not a literal depiction of the poem, but rather Bluhm’s own personal interpretation—expressing her love for her family.

Susanna Bluhm will present a Slide Lecture about her art on October 5th at Humboldt State University’s main campus in Arcata, California.  The lecture is free to the public and will be presented in Room 102 in the Art Building, HSU campus at 5 p.m. 

There will be a gallery reception for the artist, whichwill take place at HSU First Street Gallery on October 6, 2012 from 6 to 9 p.m. during Eureka’s Arts Alive program. The gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m. and is located at 422 First Street, Eureka, California. Admission is free. Those planning group tours are encouraged to call ahead. For more information call 707-443-6363.


artist statement


Until the Day Breathes and the Shadows Flee No.2 by Susanna Bluhm  There is No Flaw In You by Susanna Bluhm  How Much Better is Your Love than Wine by Susanna Bluhm  Let My Beloved Come to His Garden and Eat Its Choicest Fruits by Susanna Bluhm

What is That Coming Up From the Wilderness, Like a Column of Smoke? by Susanna Bluhm  Around it are sixty mighty men of Israel by Susanna Bluhm  All equipped with swords and experts of war by Susanna Bluhm  King Solomon made himself a carriage from teh wood of Lebanon by Susanna Bluhm

Look at the Crown with which His Mother Crowned Him by Susanna Bluhm  Your eyes are doves behind your veil by Susanna Bluhm  All You Need to Know is We Love to See the Crowd Move by Susanna Bluhm  As We Go Spinning by Susanna Bluhm

Carry Me by Susanna Bluhm  For Why Should I Be Like One Who is Veiled Beside the Flocks of Your Companions? by Susanna Bluhm  He pastures his flock among the lilies by Susanna Bluhm  His eyes are like doves beside springs of water, bathed in milk by Susanna Bluhm  I called him, but he gave no answer by Susanna Bluhm

I had put off my garment; how could I put it on again? by Susanna Bluhm  I Held Him, and Would Not let Him Go by Susanna Bluhm  I Sought Him Whom My Soul Loves by Susanna Bluhm  Let Them Start by Susanna Bluhm  Look, There He Stands Behind Our Wall, Gazing in at the Window by Susanna Bluhm

Making their rounds in the city, the sentinels found me by Susanna Bluhm  My beloved has gone down to his garden by Susanna Bluhm  Scarecely Had I Passed Them, When I Found Him Whom My Soul Loves by Susanna Bluhm  Somehow, Somewhere, Sometime Soon by Susanna Bluhm

The Watchmen Found Me, as They Went About in the City by Susanna Bluhm  This Island by Susanna Bluhm  Turn away your eyes from me, for they overwhelm me! by Susanna Bluhm  Until the Day Breathes and the Shadows Flee by Susanna Bluhm  Who is this that looks forth like the dawn? by Susanna Bluhm

You Were Only just Beginning by Susanna Bluhm  Your eyes are like halves of a pomegranate behind your veil by Susanna Bluhm  Your Name is Perfume Poured out; Therefore the Virgins Love You by Susanna Bluhm