These works begin with consideration of elements in the built environment that reflect practices of privacy, barriers, and navigating shared space. Looking at both the general and specific elements of public lands, suburban streetscapes, and city squares, my process begins with visiting a site and documenting structures through photography and drawing. Field studies are brought back to the studio and developed through re-drawing, adjusting gestures, and isolating elements. It is a process of distillation and re-creation. The drawings are transferred to copper plates and printed as multiple-plate etchings.
 
Through this process, a transformation occurs. The constructions, obstructions, solid paths, and designed spaces become ephemeral elements – their original purpose overtaken or undermined through color, scale, and interplay between flatness and depth.

Terrains
Susan Belau Terrains etching and watercolor
Park Gate II (Turnstile)
2020
etching and watercolor
5 x 4 inches

Susan Belau Terrains etching and chin-collé
Cinder Block Mirage
2019
etching and chin-collé
7 x 11 inches

Susan Belau Terrains etching
Closed Vista
2018
etching
image size: 5.5 x 5 inches

Susan Belau Terrains etching
Barricades and the Sky
2018
etching
image size: 5.5 x 5 inches

Susan Belau Terrains etching
Civic Center
2018
etching
image size: 5 x 4 inches

Susan Belau Terrains etching
Embellished Streetlight, Civic Center
2018
etching
image size: 7 x 4 inches

Susan Belau Terrains etching and chin-collé
Alcove for a City Engineer
2018
etching and chin-collé
image size: 5.5 x 5 inches

Susan Belau Terrains etching and watercolor
Edging
2018
etching and watercolor
image size: 5 x 4 inches

Susan Belau Terrains etching and chin-collé
Arboretum Entrance
2018
etching and chin-collé
image size: 5 x 4 inches

Susan Belau Terrains etching
Window Lattice
2018
etching
image size: 5 x 4 inches

Susan Belau Terrains etching and gold leaf
The Day With Us and Me
2016
etching and gold leaf
image size: 3 x 5 inches

Susan Belau Terrains etching and chin-collé
Untitled Landscape
2016
etching and chin-collé
image size: 8.5 x 8 inches

Susan Belau Terrains etching
19th Avenue East
2013
etching
image size: 5 x 8 inches

Susan Belau Terrains etching
1424 North
2013
etching
image size: 5 x 8 inches

Susan Belau Terrains etching
Twentieth Avenue
2013
etching
image size: 5 x 8 inches

Susan Belau Terrains etching
West Twilight
2013
etching
image size: 5 x 8 inches