Artist Statement

In my work I connect the processes of drawing and printmaking to landscape, memory, and place. My subjects are culled directly from drawing elements of the landscape, including observed and invented plant forms, the iconic suburban lawn, and rocks found on the Central California Coast. 

Recent projects are increasingly abstract and geometric. In these prints and collages, shape and line relate to land and the built environment. In looking at both the general and specific elements of landscape, I am interested in the visual language of public and private spaces.


Susan Belau received her B.A. in Studio Art from University of California, Santa Cruz, and M.F.A. in Printmaking from University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has studied printmaking at Santa Reparata in Florence, Italy, and trained as a master printer at Paulson-Bott Press in Berkeley, California. Ms. Belau has received the Phelan Award for Excellence in Printmaking and been awarded fellowships at Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, California and Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, New York. Ms. Belau is a faculty member at San Francisco State University and in 2014 chaired the SGC International Printmaking Conference in San Francisco, California. Her work is in private and public collections throughout the United States, including University of the Arts, Philadelphia, the Ford Foundation, and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.