"With Martini" (2002)

"With Martini," 2002
Oil on canvas, 76 x 87 inches
Donald L. Bryant Jr. Family Art Trust Collection, St. Louis, Missouri
© 2005 Susan Rothenberg/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Courtesy Sperone Westwater, New York

"Let the mind do something! It doesn’t all have to be painted out, or laid out. I’m not really a less-is-more person, but I figure a hand on a table suggests a human being. But I don’t feel like getting into who the human being is, what the dynamic is. And I don’t, I don’t want to get too literal about things, I just don’t think I need to. I want the viewer to be able to do the work, too. I mean I want you to fill in what’s happening and know that you’re at table with someone..."

- Susan Rothenberg