Suzanne Jackson. Wind and Water. 1975 29

Acrylic paint and pencil on canvas, two panels, Each panel: 97 × 60" (246.4 × 152.4 cm). Acquired through the generosity of The Modern Women’s Fund, Alice and Tom Tisch, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz, Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis, Michael S. Ovitz, Ronnie F. Heyman, and Pamela J. Joyner and Alfred J. Giuffrida

Scheherazade: I wonder what inspired Suzanne Jackson to paint this picture of wind and water?

Artist, Suzanne Jackson: My name is Suzanne Jackson. These paintings are really about imagination and nature. While I was painting it, I was thinking about those elements that I grew up with in Fairbanks, Alaska where nature's all around: wind and water, animals and fish.

On the side with the sun, we have birds in the center, and leaves with a blooming plant.

And then on the other side, there is a female looking figure. One of her arms is a long stem with a rose at the end. The other arm goes into a big splash of red-orange color that then swoops down low into a big orange fish.

Maisie: Why did this artist make this painting so drippy?

Suzanne Jackson: It's just another kind of experiment of mine, just to splash color on and allow the color to do what it does because it moves on the surface. And also, sometimes I start to dance, and that movement is seen in the work.

Kanon: Why are there multiple faces in the picture?

Suzanne Jackson: As a way of representing spirits. I'm more interested in the spirit of these figures and animals. I do not see that human beings, animals are separate from nature. We should not separate ourselves from nature. We're all a part of it. Each year, I feel as if I am still learning something new I keep questioning and asking why. Maybe that's also what those heads represent.