I have collected a library of specimens and fragments that are layered, abstracted and condensed into a two-inch or smaller frame. I work from this source material, discovering new territories and creating landscapes. I record wind, water, and sand through an accumulation of drawing and cut stencils marks. I then execute the work in fused glass paintings, relishing the light reflection inherent in glass. I record all my ideas as painted books. The glass landscapes and drawn books become an installation of the temporal whole.
Susan Harlan is an emeritus Professor of Art at Portland State University. Her work is included in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago; The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; the National Gallery of Art and the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC; and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, among others.