Key Observation Point

Los Angeles Contemporary Archive

709 N Hill St #104-108 Los Angeles, 90012


12–6pm Wed-Saturday & by appointment

In Key Observation Point, Susanna Battin presents an installation of landscape paintings derived from an Environmental Impact Report from California’s oldest operational landfill. Battin takes the report at its word to perform a naïve translation between text and picture, relocating the landfill and its scenes within the archive of LACA.

Key Observation Point originates from the artist’s interest in the Landscape Scenic Quality Scale, a metric pioneered by a group of landscape architects and foresters in the late 20th century who sought to quantify beauty as a means of environmental protection. The scale’s system, language, and founding ideology are now embedded in the political process of legitimizing development projects of high impact. The Chiquita Canyon Landfill’s most recent Environmental Impact Report uses the Landscape Scenic Quality Scale to break down the site’s surrounding areas into seven key observation points.

Vividness, intactness, and unity, are the three guiding principles through which a landscape’s beauty is understood as scenic fact. Using the report’s descriptions as a script for painting, Battin questions the forensic motives of transfiguring space into language and data, while exploring the pictorial traditions that inform our relationships with nature.



Anatomy of Oil, Sept 15-Nov 24, Gas Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

North Mountain Retrospective, Sept 4-Sept 28, Phaze II Gallery, Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, WV

Making Kin, Aug 26-Aug 30, NAVEL, Los Angeles, CA


Past work


North Mountain Residency, Shanghai, WV







All content copyright Susanna Battin 2018