Aldworth, Susan

Bio

Susan Aldworth’s work explores the workings of the human mind. She is interested in human consciousness, and the relationship between the physical brain and our sense of self. Aldworth is a printmaker, working with etching, monotype and lithography, and a film-maker, with a particular interest in expanding notions of contemporary portraiture.

In 2012 Aldworth developed and curated Reassembling the Self, an exhibition which explored schizophrenia, for the Hatton Gallery in Newcastle. Susan Aldworth: The Portrait Anatomised was shown at the National Portrait Gallery, London in 2013. Her most recent experiments into portraiture include the TRANSIENCE suite printed directly from human brain tissue and The Entangled Self etchings made from human hair. Aldworth is currently artist in residence at York University developing an exhibition The Dark Self exploring sleep.

Aldworth’s practice has included exhibitions, residencies and commissions nationally and internationally. Her work is held in many public and private collections including the V&A, the British Museum, the Fitzwilliam Museum and The Wellcome Collection Library in the UK, and Williams College Museum of Contemporary Art in USA. Working as an artist-in-residence in a medical or scientific setting is central to Aldworth’s practice to explore the different personal, medical and scientific narratives around human identity.

Exhibitions

  • 2016 Realisations, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
  • 2016 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London
  • 2015 Prism: World Printmaking, Gallery Goto, Tokyo
  • 2014 Sleuthing the Mind, Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York
  • 2014 TRANSIENCE, GV Art gallery, London
  • 2013 SUSAN ALDWORTH: THE PORTRAIT ANATOMISED, National Portrait Gallery, London
  • 2013 Mind Maps: Stories from Psychology, Science Museum, London
  • 2013 Art and Science, GV Art gallery, London
  • 2012 Reassembling the Self, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle
  • 2012 6th International Kyoto Hanga International Print Exhibition , Kyoto, Japan
  • 2012 Between, Inigo Rooms, Somerset House, London
  • 2012 Brain: the mind as matter, Wellcome Collection, London
  • 2011 Images of the Mind , Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Dresden
  • 2011 Trauma, GV Art gallery, London
  • 2011 Coming of Age , Great North Museum, Newcastle
  • 2010 Discerning Eye, Mall Gallery, London
  • 2010 400 Women, Shoreditch Town Hall, London
  • 2010 Key of Life, Scheltema Contemporary Gallery, Leiden, Netherlands
  • 2010 Landscapes of the Mind, , Williams College Museum of Art, USA
  • 2009 Scribing the Soul , Arts Council touring exhibition London, Plymouth Oxford Newcastle
  • 2008 Mapping the Imagination, V&A, London

Education

  • 1976 Philosophy, Nottingham University

Links

Brainscape 24, 2006, (etching and aquatint)
Brainscape 24, 2006, (etching and aquatint)

AFJ2823445: © Susan Aldworth / Bridgeman Images

Heartwork 11, 2011, (monotype)
Heartwork 11, 2011, (monotype)

AFJ2823447: © Susan Aldworth / Bridgeman Images

Reassembling the Self 1, 2012 (lithograph)
Reassembling the Self 1, 2012 (lithograph)

AFJ2823448: © Susan Aldworth / Bridgeman Images

Brainscape 5, 2006, (etching and aquatint)
Brainscape 5, 2006, (etching and aquatint)

AFJ2901837: © Susan Aldworth / Bridgeman Images

Reassembling the Self 2, 2012, (lithograph)
Reassembling the Self 2, 2012, (lithograph)

AFJ2902307: © Susan Aldworth / Bridgeman Images

Reassembling the Self 3, 2012, (lithograph)
Reassembling the Self 3, 2012, (lithograph)

AFJ2902308: © Susan Aldworth / Bridgeman Images

Reassembling the Self 4, 2012, (lithograph)
Reassembling the Self 4, 2012, (lithograph)

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Reassembling the Self 5, 2012, (lithograph)
Reassembling the Self 5, 2012, (lithograph)

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Reassembling the Self 6, 2012, (lithograph)
Reassembling the Self 6, 2012, (lithograph)

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Reassembling the Self 7, 2012, (lithograph)
Reassembling the Self 7, 2012, (lithograph)

AFJ2902312: © Susan Aldworth / Bridgeman Images

Brainscape 17, 2006, (etching and aquatint)
Brainscape 17, 2006, (etching and aquatint)

AFJ2906239: © Susan Aldworth / Bridgeman Images

Brainscape 18, 2006, (etching and aquatint)
Brainscape 18, 2006, (etching and aquatint)

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Brainscape 23, 2006, (etching and aquatint)
Brainscape 23, 2006, (etching and aquatint)

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Brainscape 21, 2006, (etching and aquatint)
Brainscape 21, 2006, (etching and aquatint)

AFJ2906264: © Susan Aldworth / Bridgeman Images

Dreaming Voices 3, 2012, (lithograph)
Dreaming Voices 3, 2012, (lithograph)

AFJ2906265: © Susan Aldworth / Bridgeman Images

Dreaming Voices 4, 2012, (lithograph)
Dreaming Voices 4, 2012, (lithograph)

AFJ2906266: © Susan Aldworth / Bridgeman Images

Heartwork 1, 2011, (monotype)
Heartwork 1, 2011, (monotype)

AFJ2906281: © Susan Aldworth / Bridgeman Images

Heartwork 10, 2011, (monotype)
Heartwork 10, 2011, (monotype)

AFJ2906282: © Susan Aldworth / Bridgeman Images

Heartwork 12, 2011, (monotype)
Heartwork 12, 2011, (monotype)

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Heartwork 15, 2011, (monotype)
Heartwork 15, 2011, (monotype)

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Heartwork 16, 2011, (monotype)
Heartwork 16, 2011, (monotype)

AFJ2906285: © Susan Aldworth / Bridgeman Images

Heartwork 18, 2011, (monotype)
Heartwork 18, 2011, (monotype)

AFJ2906286: © Susan Aldworth / Bridgeman Images

Heartwork 20, 2011, (monotype)
Heartwork 20, 2011, (monotype)

AFJ2906287: © Susan Aldworth / Bridgeman Images

Heartwork 9, 2011, (monotype)
Heartwork 9, 2011, (monotype)

AFJ2906288: © Susan Aldworth / Bridgeman Images

Apoptosis 1, 2007, (etching and aquatint)
Apoptosis 1, 2007, (etching and aquatint)

AFJ2906330: © Susan Aldworth / Bridgeman Images

Apoptosis 2, 2007, (etching and aquatint)
Apoptosis 2, 2007, (etching and aquatint)

AFJ2906331: © Susan Aldworth / Bridgeman Images

Fragility 3, 2009, (monotype)
Fragility 3, 2009, (monotype)

AFJ2906332: © Susan Aldworth / Bridgeman Images

Fragility 4, 2009, (monotype)
Fragility 4, 2009, (monotype)

AFJ2906333: © Susan Aldworth / Bridgeman Images

Out of Body 1, 2009, (monotype)
Out of Body 1, 2009, (monotype)

AFJ2906334: © Susan Aldworth / Bridgeman Images

Out of Body 10, 2009, (monotype)
Out of Body 10, 2009, (monotype)

AFJ2906335: © Susan Aldworth / Bridgeman Images

Out of Body 13, 2009, (monotype)
Out of Body 13, 2009, (monotype)

AFJ2906336: © Susan Aldworth / Bridgeman Images

Out of Body 4, 2009, (monotype)
Out of Body 4, 2009, (monotype)

AFJ2906337: © Susan Aldworth / Bridgeman Images

Out of Body 7, 2009, (monotype)
Out of Body 7, 2009, (monotype)

AFJ2906338: © Susan Aldworth / Bridgeman Images

Shadow Puppet 5, 2007, (etching and aquatint)
Shadow Puppet 5, 2007, (etching and aquatint)

AFJ2906342: © Susan Aldworth / Bridgeman Images

Shadow Puppet 6, 2007, (etching and aquatint)
Shadow Puppet 6, 2007, (etching and aquatint)

AFJ2906343: © Susan Aldworth / Bridgeman Images

Shadow Puppet 7, 2007, (etching and aquatint)
Shadow Puppet 7, 2007, (etching and aquatint)

AFJ2906344: © Susan Aldworth / Bridgeman Images

The Entangled Self 9
The Entangled Self 9

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The Entangled Self 10
The Entangled Self 10

AFJ3059877: © Susan Aldworth / Bridgeman Images

The Entangled Self 11
The Entangled Self 11

AFJ3059878: © Susan Aldworth / Bridgeman Images

The Entangled Self 12
The Entangled Self 12

AFJ3059879: © Susan Aldworth / Bridgeman Images

The Entangled Self 13
The Entangled Self 13

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Golden Slumbers 1, 2017, monoprint
Golden Slumbers 1, 2017, monoprint

AFJ4075700: © Susan Aldworth / Bridgeman Images

The Dark Self 14, 2017, monoprint
The Dark Self 14, 2017, monoprint

AFJ4075701: © Susan Aldworth / Bridgeman Images

Golden Slumbers 6, 2017, monoprint
Golden Slumbers 6, 2017, monoprint

AFJ4075706: © Susan Aldworth / Bridgeman Images

The Dark Self 2, 2017, monoprint
The Dark Self 2, 2017, monoprint

AFJ4075707: © Susan Aldworth / Bridgeman Images

The Dark Self 13, 2017, monoprint
The Dark Self 13, 2017, monoprint

AFJ4075708: © Susan Aldworth / Bridgeman Images

The Dark Self 16, 2017, monoprint
The Dark Self 16, 2017, monoprint

AFJ4075709: © Susan Aldworth / Bridgeman Images

Respondences 1, 2018, (intaglio print)
Respondences 1, 2018, (intaglio print)

AFJ5668100: © Susan Aldworth / Bridgeman Images

Respondences 2, 2018 (print)
Respondences 2, 2018 (print)

AFJ5668101: © Susan Aldworth / Bridgeman Images

Respondences 3, 2018, (intaglio print)
Respondences 3, 2018, (intaglio print)

AFJ5668102: © Susan Aldworth / Bridgeman Images

Respondences 4, 2018, (intaglio print)
Respondences 4, 2018, (intaglio print)

AFJ5668103: © Susan Aldworth / Bridgeman Images

Respondences 5, 2018, (intaglio print)
Respondences 5, 2018, (intaglio print)

AFJ5668104: © Susan Aldworth / Bridgeman Images

Respondences 6, 2018, (intaglio print)
Respondences 6, 2018, (intaglio print)

AFJ5668105: © Susan Aldworth / Bridgeman Images

Respondences 8, 2018, (intaglio print)
Respondences 8, 2018, (intaglio print)

AFJ5668106: © Susan Aldworth / Bridgeman Images

Traces of a Childhood 1, 2018 (monoprint)
Traces of a Childhood 1, 2018 (monoprint)

AFJ5668107: © Susan Aldworth / Bridgeman Images

Traces of a Childhood 2, 2018 (monoprint)
Traces of a Childhood 2, 2018 (monoprint)

AFJ5668108: © Susan Aldworth / Bridgeman Images

Traces of a Childhood 4, 2018 (monoprint)
Traces of a Childhood 4, 2018 (monoprint)

AFJ5668109: © Susan Aldworth / Bridgeman Images

Traces of a Childhood 9, 2018 (monoprint)
Traces of a Childhood 9, 2018 (monoprint)

AFJ5668110: © Susan Aldworth / Bridgeman Images


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