“…for now I know in part…” is my first effort to bring the ideas from my collaboration with artist, Nanette Yannuzzi-Macias, where we examined the construction of domestic space on a continuum between our need for safety and our equal fascination with disaster and violence, back into the singular process of painting. This piece was loosely conceived of as a series of 365 8” x 8” panels. The number of panels was chosen as an allusion to the days of a year and to the passage of time. Each day I painted the ordinary forms and spaces around me, hoping to use the contemplative study of my daily life to connect to a subtle and less polemical reality, based on my belief that the daily routine can be a way to create intimacy with our environment.
About the Artist
Born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, Schuster attended Boston University as an undergraduate where her father taught Social Science and Philosophy. There she recieved a classical training in drawing and painting from the figure as well as a rigorous technical instruction in anatomy and traditional painting techniques. She characterizes her education as unusually conservative for the 1970’s. At that time the orientation of most art programs was one of rebellion against the history of art. Schuster began teaching at Oberlin College in 1988.