Kevin Walls – The piece titled Bark first pulled me to her work. I think the image looks soft, but you know that this book is constructed from tree bark, which is hard, yet is interconnected with the construction of the paper found in traditional books. The contradiction take my mind for a ride. All of Susan Porteous’ work is linked to books, but includes found objects and increased scales. She uses a broad variety of materials and processes, challenging the original content and changing the published form. Susan says that her work often plays on the different interpretations of language and investigates the oddities of English speech. She has a diverse range of objects in her collection, from prints and books, to installational pieces and sculptures. Susan received an MFA from California State University, Long Beach in 2008, and has exhibited work regularly throughout America and in Europe. I found her work by scanning images of book art until I saw something out of place. The other pieces I saw all had a thematic link, but I found that Susan’s work stood out because of the size of the two pieces displayed below:
Her work was recently included the publications; 500 Handmade Books and Playing with Books.
Descriptions of work are from Susan Porteous’ website