Artist StatementI carefully pull apart myths and questions. Through painting I examine the underlying threads of violence—both, the threats of danger that weave together notions of modern society, and the impact that these tensions lend to the fraying of human dynamics. I begin the process of painting by using illustration and/or photojournalism as a reference. With graphite, I begin to map-out onto the canvas my visual insights on to the division and shape of space. The initial application of oil paint follows. For me, this is where the emotionality of theme and meaning of the canvas takes hold of form. Through the use of color, I can establish a dream-like quality. I can bring forward notions of tension. Frustration. Discomfort. I can direct the movement of the viewer’s eyes… Above all, my mission is to formally unite desperate subjects to the story being told.
Sørén Gul-Šeš is a self taught artist whose development began at a young age observing both the separatist existence of women affected by Holocaust memories, and her own ensuing internalization of her family’s descent into the madness of addiction and the isolation of insanity. To date, blending both the personal and the political, Gul-Šeš themes often deal with the breakdown of self concepts, resulting from the survivor’s shell shocked confusion, which hungrily clutches on to an exaggerated sense of shame and guilt.