Susan A. Point *1952
Susan A. Point is from the Musqueam Indian Reserve near Vancouver. Her career as an artist began in 1981 when she became active as a jewelry designer. Point’s work is inspired by the art traditions of her ancestors. She has done thorough research in museums to gain a better understanding of Coast Salish art. Many of her designs are modeled after the large wooden whorls used to spin the wool of mountain goats. In 1983, she began to mix colors in her silk-screen prints, which prompted some critics to dismiss her color schemes as non-traditional. In the 1990s, Susan Point began to create three-dimensional works of art, using glass, bronze, wood, concrete, polymer, stainless steel, and cast iron. She loves to experiment with new media and large-size formats. She has been commissioned to create numerous works of public art which adorn the Vancouver International Airport, the University of British Columbia’s Museum of Anthropology, and the Victoria Conference Centre, to name just a few.