SUSAN ALDWORTH

Susan Aldworth has a background in philosophy, and a strong interest in investigating the workings of the human mind, especially consciousness and our sense of self. Working as an artist-in-residence in a medical or academic setting is central to Aldworth’s practice – she has collaborated with scientists, clinicians and philosophers to investigate the many narratives of epilepsy, schizophrenia, consciousness and sleep in her explorations into what it means to be human. Her work is held in many public and private collections including the V&A, the British Museum, The Fitzwilliam Museum, The Wellcome Collection Library and Williams College Museum of Contemporary Art, USA. Aldworth is an associate lecturer on the Art & Science MA at Central Saint Martin’s, London.

Aldworth has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally including Susan Aldworth: The Portrait Anatomised at The National Portrait Gallery, London, V&A, London, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle, Wellcome Collection, London, Science Museum, London, Museum Het Dolhuys, Netherlands, China Academy of Contemporary Art Museum, Hang Zhou City, China, Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London, Gallery Goto, Tokyo, Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York, 6th International Kyoto Hanga Print Exhibition Japan, Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Dresden, Moravian Gallery, Brno, Williams College Museum of Art, USA, Museum of Medicine, Cuenca, Ecuador.  She is currently exhibiting in REALISATION at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge until February 2017.

Aldworth’s experimental work in both print and time based media includes the TRANSIENCE etchings printed directly from human brain tissue, the film Memoirs and the Reassembling the Self lithographs.  Aldworth is currently artist in residence at York University developing an exhibition The Dark Self about sleep. Aldworth is represented by GV Art, London and TAG Fine Art, and is a regular presenter on BBC Radio 3 and 4.

Dreaming Voices 3, lithograph, 86 x 60 cms, 2012. Image courtesy of the artist. Edition of 15.

These works exploring the narratives of schizophrenia were first shown in the exhibition Reassembling the Self at The Hatton Gallery in Newcastle in 2012. 

Elisabeth, installation of 9 monotypes, 195 x150cms, 2013.

 

Fiona, installation of 9 monotypes, 195 x150cms, 2013.

These portraits of people with epilepsy were first shown at the National Portrait Gallery, London in 2013 in the solo exhibition Susan Aldworth: The Portrait Anatomised.

 

Memoirs, film still, directed by Aldworth. 2012. Image courtesy of the artist.

Reassembling the Self 1, lithograph, 84 x 56 cms, 2012. Image courtesy of the artist. Edition of 15

Memoirs, film still, directed by Aldworth. 2012. Image courtesy of the artist.

 

These works exploring the narratives of schizophrenia were first shown in the exhibition Reassembling the Self at The Hatton Gallery in Newcastle in 2012. 

TRANSIENCE 3, etching and aquatint, 15 x 9cms, 2013. Etching printed directly from human brain tissue. Image courtesy of the artist. Edition of 5.


TRANSIENCE 7, etching and aquatint, 35 x 35cms, 2013. Etching printed directly from human brain tissue. Image courtesy of the artist. Edition of 5.

These prints can be seen in REALISATION at Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge until February 2017.

 

Passing Thoughts, 15. Archival digital print, 35 x 23 cms, 2013. Edition of 35.

Passing Thoughts, 1, archival digital print, 35 x 27 cms, 2013. Edition of 35.