Moving Home

Susan Hall (American, b. 1943)
1978
MediumAcrylic on paper, mounted on canvas
Dimensions36 × 26 inches
CreditGift of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Schorr, 1983
Art © Susan Hall/Licensed by VAGA at Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York, NY
Accession Number83.19.1

In Moving Home, Susan Hall depicts Manhattan’s skyline in the 1970s, when she was living in Greenwich Village. Evoking a multilayered connection to her city, Hall uses the term ‘home’ not only to describe a physical location, but also what she calls “the ‘home’ inside all of us which we are always seeking, leaving, journeying to or exploring.” She sees moving as a metaphor, as well: “in our peripatetic era the word ‘moving’ indicates the restless nature of our being.” Although Hall does not depict any figures in her painting, she asserts, “. . . humans are very much in the picture. What represents human beings more than the idea of a physical house that we dwell in or where we want to live . . . or nostalgia for where we used to live? And the irony that houses seem permanent and yet Americans are constantly on the move.”

Hall was born and raised in Point Reyes, California, moving to New York City in 1970 when the Feminist Art movement was emerging. She found a strong community of avant-garde artists centered in SoHo while teaching at various schools, including Sarah Lawrence College in Yonkers. After two decades, she returned to the West Coast. Since then, she has used the term ‘home’ in numerous titles and references, including books about her paintings, Home Before Dark (2004), and her life, River Flowing Home, A Creative Journey (2010).

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