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Susan Beiner

Artist Statement

Susan Beiner creates sculptural forms and reliefs that are as stunningly imaginative as they are visually mesmerizing, and are widely exhibited and collected worldwide. Her forms create a nature of her own making comprised of biomorphic hybrids that are obviously artificial, yet oddly familiar, and which question human manipulation of nature and the fragile balance between the two.


The artists states, “My work is comprised of multiples. Installation allows me to reassemble shapes, attributes, qualities and quantities on a much larger scale suggesting an essential connection to our physical space.  My interest is fueled by elements of layering, fragmentation, multiplication, juxtaposition and complication.  Intense brilliant color reveals an obviously artificial man-made reality.  Color is swirled together in rhythmic sequences mirroring the activities of a microscopic sample or aerial topography.  The encrustation’s are abstracted from real plant life, allowing the viewer to proceed into the interior pattern of a stylized manufactured plastic plant life.  So as a viewer we are challenged by our own perceptions of what is authentic and what is not.


I raise concern about the effects on the fragile ecosystem of humans, animals and plants.   My objective is to create an ecological balance between our connection to nature and culture through the materiality of modern craft, as we choose an interior landscape from our surroundings.”