The biblical paintings of Susanna Bluhm, a contemporary painter based in Seattle, Washington, may not seem religious in the least. Yet this particular series of work was inspired by the Song of Songs from the Old Testament. The bright colors, bold abstract brushstrokes and overall modern aesthetic is not what many people would expect to see in this context. Yet the biblical paintings are simply the interpretation of one person.
For those unfamiliar with the Song of Songs, it is a text that celebrates sexual love, which differs greatly from other religious writings. This is most likely one reason why the biblical paintings are surprisingly modern. As for her actual technique, Bluhm says, “Abstract marks interact with more recognizable shapes, and a kind of narrative ensues."