Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Circle in Time (1998)


“Although I initially started studying and drawing old whorls with bird, human and animal forms,” Susan Point explains, “I have always admired the old whorls with simple geometric and floral imagery.”

With no end and no beginning, this carved glass spindle whorl illustrates the unwavering passing of time. Point also earlier depicted the same design in a limited edition serigraph of the same title. Each geometric moment on the whorl is identical to the one before it and the one that follows. Whether the marks indicate seconds, days, years or millennia, the pace never changes regardless of the culture it is being measured in.

“It amazes me,” Point admits, “how many of these motifs and symbols decorate early ornaments and objects globally.”

—Susan Point as told to Vesta Giles

Susan Point

Susan Point


Coast Salish (Musqueam)

(1952- )

Susan began making limited edition prints on her kitchen table in 1981 while working as a legal secretary. She received several early commissions, which established her reputation for innovative proposals and for completing projects on time, on budget and at the highest level. She took courses in silver, casting and carving, all of which led to monumental sculptures in mixed media, and she was the first Northwest Coast artist to work in glass. She continues to release a number of print editions each year, but her focus has been on commissioned sculpture.