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.