07/03/2013 05:34 pm ET Updated Jul 04, 2013

Susan Bee on the ImageBlog

The Slap, 2012, oil and enamel on canvas, 24" x 20". Based on a film still from an early John Cassavetes film. I was taken with the woman’s angry gesture of slapping the man, which I echoed with the formal designs of the battling couple’s outfits. I was interested in the intensity of the figure’s emotions, a quality foregrounded by the black background.