This section of my website is a place where I’m posting up-to-date work, meaning whatever I’m working on right now. I update it every month so check back here if you’re interested in seeing my latest work.
The paintings featured here are probably the most abstract work that I’ve ever created. I’m really enjoying working with the colors and listening to whatever the individual painting tells me that it needs.
A common theme that runs through most of my work is observing or commenting on humanity’s relationship with nature. In the paintings of gardens or flora, my intention has been twofold. They are about the beautiful resilience of nature arising out of an environmental chaos, a metaphor of the hope I carry for our real-world environmental future. And by bringing focused attention to this resilience, I’d like to inspire people to live with greater environmental consciousness and appreciation.
In these paintings I take a more direct approach to commenting on humanity’s relationship with nature. The most recent work in this series are paintings about wildfire, its aftermath and destruction. Living in the Pacific Northwest, during my lifetime wildfire has changed from being a random anomaly to being considered a “season”. I’ve been moved to paint about it, especially from the point of view of the forest and the “ghost trees” that fire leaves in its path.
When the United Nation’s International Panel on Climate Change released their report in the Fall of 2018, I was so moved by what it said that I wanted to do a piece about it. This is the image I imagined, with the figure nearly life-size and using text from the report in the sky area.
Susan Harrington Studio
Here’s a brief video about some of my environmental pieces.
In this piece I wanted to incorporate actual plastic grocery bags into a painting representing the way that plastic is infiltrating into our natural environment. The title, “15 Minutes” refers to the average amount of time that a plastic bag is used before it is thrown away.
In this two-canvas diptych, I used acrylic medium to transfer the logos and labels off of plastic bags directly on to my canvas and then made my painting of nature over these plastic bag transfers. The title, “450 Year to Never” refers to the amount of time scientists believe it takes for plastics to fully biodegrade.
This double-canvas painting uses the acrylic medium transfers from plastic bags in another interpretation of plastic being incorporated into our environment. The title, “A Trillion Single Uses” refers to the number of single-use plastic bags that are produced and used worldwide each year.