Interior with Mirror

It’s called Interior with Mirror. Susanne had done several paintings; they were all outdoors – outdoor color, feeling, open. This is the first Interior she had done. We went to the gallery before the show was open and they were still mounting the artwork. I looked through, saw this, and immediately went into a frenzy – I had to have it. Francis looked at it and said, “I don’t know why you like this. What is there?” I said, “I really don’t know. I really don’t know what it means. I don’t care. I just like looking at it.” I asked Susanne to explain it to him and she said this was a stream of consciousness, and it had to do with home, and she didn’t know what it was going to be until it was finished, and so forth. When she was done talking with him, he understood – and he liked it. We have three sons, so I knew that it was a little boy in front of the mirror. I asked Susanne, “What is this child, looking at this mirror?” She said, “Of course, it’s a little boy.” (It has to be, because little boys do that. Little girls stand up and preen! You would never find a little girl doing that.) Because we had little boys, I related to the little boy – to the whole painting, honestly. And it happens to match the room.––June Spiezer, 1994



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