The subjects of Marina Sutter’s paintings reveal themselves to the viewer indirectly. While they turn their backs to us, or obscure their faces with clothing or hair, their gestures and body positions tell their stories. Sutter says that her goal is to draw attention to “the details in the human dialogue,” and to what those details can show about the larger world in which her subjects live.
Painting in acrylics and oils on canvas, the artist has a strong feel for color and texture, precisely capturing the folds in a piece of cloth, or the surface of the human body. Posing people against suggestively minimalist backgrounds, she subtly draws our attention toward the details she is focused upon, giving each painting a powerful physical presence.