The Ash Will Settle, but The Oil Can’t Be Put Back

Posted Dec 15, 2023

The Ash Will Settle, but The Oil Can’t Be Put Back
January 16 – February 25, 2024
Miller Gallery
Public Reception: Thursday, February 8, 2024, 4p – 6p

Susanna Harris considers her personal and collective experiences with loss, disease, and grief as she creates installations using paper, light, shadow, and now exploring the addition of sound. Her recent work is heavily influenced by dystopia themes and the exploration of an oasis of escapism. She uses paper altered through hand cutting, deep blind embossing, and printing with ink to create organic forms. Harris invites light into her work to activate fluorescent layers of paint and ink creating fluorescent shadows and silhouettes through transparent papers, creating an awe-invoking yet eerie experience, revealing that the inspiration for much of her work comes from the climate crisis and current ecological events and disasters like coral bleaching, oil spills, and the release of radioactive waste products back into the environment.


Location and Hours

Miller Gallery
Art & Communication Building
33 Collegeview Road
Westerville, OH 43081

M - F 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sa & Su 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Closed Holidays and Breaks


All exhibitions are free and open to the public.