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Capturing the beauty of nature and more
Susan Hardy Brown’s engagement with materials is both innovative and playful. She embraces the surprise element inherent in artistic processes; extending traditional drawing techniques, experimenting in watercolor, oil, and mixed media, and working on varied grounds including plaster, playing cards, found wood, and stone.
A pioneer in the use of contemporary encaustic, her use of this ancient medium has evolved since the mid 1970’s. More recently, utilizing the ephemera from her job preparing herbarium specimens at Harvard University’s Arnold Arboretum, she produces works that exist in multiple layers of meaning, with a richness and depth that the encaustic medium provides. Using a camera, she favors the painterly and poetic use of film with the Holga, layering exposures akin to her encaustic methods.
Working in series and book form, both large scale and small, Susan’s works explore the realms of botany, geography, politics, art history, literature, music, and dance – always with bold strokes.
Susan also prepares herbarium specimens sent from all over the world for Harvard University Herbaria.
Also be sure to read this feature published in The Harvard Crimson, published September 24, 2014.