Susan Beiner

The opulent style of my work initially stemmed from my interest in 18th century European porcelains. I began translating the painted surface of these vessels into layers of encrusted form and color. Various industrial objects and new discoveries in my environment inspire me, as I question how our creations and technology mold our perceptions. I am influenced by the surrounding colors and textures and how combinations fall into the patterns that occur in nature. I admire shapes of hardware but while negating their intended function, I utilize them as organic specimens rather than industrial fasteners. I search to find a relationship between these disparate parts, as the gap between man-made and natural becomes ever decreasing.