Susan Rankin

Susan Rankin
ARTIST STATEMENT Through the past 24 years as a glass artist, I have explored the idea of garden through my work. My most recent projects continue this exploration, but the focus is now on developing sculptural glass objects to adorn the gardens and outdoor spaces that have been my source of inspiration for so long. The landscape that surrounds us shapes and influences us as we function within it. I live in a hardwood forest on the edge of the Canadian Precambian Shield. The change in this landscape from season to season has inspired me to examine how the glass columns can evoke a new sense of space by enlarging the groupings of columns to evoke the feeling of forest. Light is the critical element for glass in both indoor and outdoor settings. The shifting movement of the light throughout the day illuminates the beauty of the glass elements, creating moments when it appears that the color itself sings and is actually commanding the space. When lit at night, the columns take on a dramatic jewel-like quality. The integration of light and object is something that I have been exploring throughout my work with sculptural forms. SELECTED PUBLICATIONS 2010 - Catalogue, Studio Glass, Anna & Joe Mendel Collection, The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts 2009 - Susan Rankin Valid Objects of Beauty, Moose Jaw Museum, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan 2009 - Catalogue, Contemporary Canadian Glass, Lommel, Belgium 2007 - World Art Glass Quarterly Magazine, Volume 2 COLLECTIONS Corning Museum, Corning, NY Skydome, Toronto, Ontario UBS Bank, Toronto, Ontario The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Quebec Glazen Huiz, Flemish Centre for Contemporary Glass Art, Lommel