Unique Rope Sculptures


Susan Beallor-Snyder possesses a creative, inquisitive nature that leads her to explore the world around her. A native New Yorker, she was surrounded by the sights and sounds of the city, iconic architecture and museums which launched her career as an artist through photography. Later, as a classical goldsmith, her hand-fabricated jewelry designs evolved into highly sought after striking pieces with a sculptural feel. The evolution to a more sculptural style led her to her current focus of large-scale sustainable natural manila rope forms.

Natural manila rope is a medium that fulfills her quest for expressing emotion in a visual way. Her one-of-a-kind rope sculptures utilize a simple material through which she infuses thought provoking depth and profound emotion. Weaving and knotting narratives into her pieces she uses her whole body, and although quite physical, it is also meditative and furthers the exploratory process.

Her most recent installation, Weaving Narratives, a 10 x 8-foot natural manila rope sculpture is featured in the “Discover the World of Orchids” exhibition at the US Botanic Garden located on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol beginning February 28, 2020.

Beallor-Snyder created Love & Gratitude, a limited edition of 50 individually designed natural manila rope sculptures exclusively for CB2 (Crate & Barrel’s sister brand). She was chosen as one of the first artisans to present handcrafted artwork for a new category of the company.

The largest of Beallor-Snyder’s commissions to date is Changing Tides, A 14 x7-foot installation for the Wharf DC’s Channel Building, a luxury residence fronting the Potomac River in Washington, D.C. Changing Tides is inspired by the long and varied use of the waterfront that includes much of American history. The Wharf DC is a $2.2 billion revitalization of the Southwest Waterfront area of Washington, DC.

Beallor-Snyder exhibits include the Museum of Contemporary Art in Atlanta, Georgia / The Children’s Museum of the Arts, New York, /The Bar Harbor Historical Society, / Showhouses in Atlanta and New York. Among her editorial credits are the Huffington Post, New England Home, Buckhead Lifestyle Magazine, New York Textile Month (cover) and profiled in other decorative, design and online publications.

While at Savannah College of Art and Design, Susan Beallor-Snyder enjoyed three roles as student, patron and board member. She is most proud of Co-Founder and President Paula Wallace’s praise of her work, “Under your expert hands, ropes weave together dazzling narratives, soaring and plummeting in accordance with the ebb and flow of life itself.”