All posts by Susan Slotnick

A change in fortune

A change in fortune

I met him when he joined a program I was facilitating in an Ulster County prison. Although he was younger than me, he looked ancient — an old man, old before his time. He hobbled into the room, in pain from sciatica with his 55 years locked up in airless spaces, with minimal good food and health care, bad teeth showing through a wane smile, sparse gray hair falling on his shoulders.  Resignation and abdication were the expressions he wore, a surrender born of hopelessness.

Fair play?

Fair play?

Never before in my lifetime, even in the 1960’s, when Margaret Mead said, “was the worst division between Americans we will ever see,” has there been so much divisiveness coming from all sides on so many issues affecting life here.

Images through the ages

Images through the ages

When I mixed the oil colors together, all the hues turned out the color of backed-up septic waste. I had a monumental task, way beyond the collages and crayon relief drawings assigned in seventh grade art class. I was driven to express through a single painting what finding out about the Holocaust did to my childhood heart.

#MeToo comes to town

#MeToo comes to town

Thoughts on the allegations against astrologer Eric Francis, who lost jobs with Chronogram, Radio Kingston and the Omega Institute after several women came forward with stories of his sexually inappropriate behavior.

Susan Slotnick: Communing with De Kooning

Susan Slotnick: Communing with De Kooning

He painted in a style referred to as Abstract Expressionism and was part of a group of artists known as the New York School. Other painters in this group included Jackson Pollock, Franz Kline, Arshile Gorky and Mark Rothko.