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

Birth of a Thought 2, 2006 (etching and aquatint)
Birth of a Thought 2, 2006 (etching and aquatint)

AFJ2823444: Birth of a Thought 2, 2006 (etching and aquatint), Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AFJ2823445: Brainscape 24, 2006, (etching and aquatint), Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

Cogito Ergo Sum 3, 2006 (archival digital print)
Cogito Ergo Sum 3, 2006 (archival digital print)

AFJ2823446: Cogito Ergo Sum 3, 2006 (archival digital print), Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AFJ2823447: Heartwork 11, 2011, (monotype), Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AFJ2823448: Reassembling the Self 1, 2012 (lithograph), Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AFJ2901837: Brainscape 5, 2006, (etching and aquatint), Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AFJ2902307: Reassembling the Self 2, 2012, (lithograph), Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AFJ2902308: Reassembling the Self 3, 2012, (lithograph), Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AFJ2902309: Reassembling the Self 4, 2012, (lithograph), Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AFJ2902310: Reassembling the Self 5, 2012, (lithograph), Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AFJ2902311: Reassembling the Self 6, 2012, (lithograph), Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AFJ2902312: Reassembling the Self 7, 2012, (lithograph), Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AFJ2906239: Brainscape 17, 2006, (etching and aquatint), Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AFJ2906240: Brainscape 18, 2006, (etching and aquatint), Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AFJ2906241: Brainscape 23, 2006, (etching and aquatint), Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AFJ2906264: Brainscape 21, 2006, (etching and aquatint), Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AFJ2906265: Dreaming Voices 3, 2012, (lithograph), Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AFJ2906266: Dreaming Voices 4, 2012, (lithograph), Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

Cogito Ergo Sum 3.1, 2006 (archival pigment digital print)
Cogito Ergo Sum 3.1, 2006 (archival pigment digital print)

AFJ2906267: Cogito Ergo Sum 3.1, 2006 (archival pigment digital print), Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

Cogito Ergo Sum 3.12, 2006 (archival pigment digital print)
Cogito Ergo Sum 3.12, 2006 (archival pigment digital print)

AFJ2906268: Cogito Ergo Sum 3.12, 2006 (archival pigment digital print), Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

Cogito Ergo Sum 3.4, 2006 (archival pigment digital print)
Cogito Ergo Sum 3.4, 2006 (archival pigment digital print)

AFJ2906269: Cogito Ergo Sum 3.4, 2006 (archival pigment digital print), Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

Cogito Ergo Sum 3.6, 2006, (archival digital pigment print)
Cogito Ergo Sum 3.6, 2006, (archival digital pigment print)

AFJ2906270: Cogito Ergo Sum 3.6, 2006, (archival digital pigment print), Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

Passing Thoughts 1, 2013 (archival digital pigment print)
Passing Thoughts 1, 2013 (archival digital pigment print)

AFJ2906276: Passing Thoughts 1, 2013 (archival digital pigment print), Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AFJ2906281: Heartwork 1, 2011, (monotype), Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AFJ2906282: Heartwork 10, 2011, (monotype), Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AFJ2906283: Heartwork 12, 2011, (monotype), Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AFJ2906284: Heartwork 15, 2011, (monotype), Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AFJ2906285: Heartwork 16, 2011, (monotype), Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AFJ2906286: Heartwork 18, 2011, (monotype), Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AFJ2906287: Heartwork 20, 2011, (monotype), Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AFJ2906288: Heartwork 9, 2011, (monotype), Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AFJ2906330: Apoptosis 1, 2007, (etching and aquatint), Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AFJ2906331: Apoptosis 2, 2007, (etching and aquatint), Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AFJ2906332: Fragility 3, 2009, (monotype), Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AFJ2906333: Fragility 4, 2009, (monotype), Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AFJ2906334: Out of Body 1, 2009, (monotype), Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AFJ2906335: Out of Body 10, 2009, (monotype), Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AFJ2906336: Out of Body 13, 2009, (monotype), Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AFJ2906337: Out of Body 4, 2009, (monotype), Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AFJ2906338: Out of Body 7, 2009, (monotype), Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

Location Drawing 1, 2005, (acrylic ink and graphite)
Location Drawing 1, 2005, (acrylic ink and graphite)

AFJ2906339: Location Drawing 1, 2005, (acrylic ink and graphite), Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

Location Drawing 2, 2005, (acrylic ink and graphite)
Location Drawing 2, 2005, (acrylic ink and graphite)

AFJ2906340: Location Drawing 2, 2005, (acrylic ink and graphite), Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

Location Drawing 3, 2005, (acrylic ink and graphite)
Location Drawing 3, 2005, (acrylic ink and graphite)

AFJ2906341: Location Drawing 3, 2005, (acrylic ink and graphite), Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AFJ2906342: Shadow Puppet 5, 2007, (etching and aquatint), Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AFJ2906343: Shadow Puppet 6, 2007, (etching and aquatint), Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AFJ2906344: Shadow Puppet 7, 2007, (etching and aquatint), Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

Passing Thoughts 2, 2013, (archival pigment digital print)
Passing Thoughts 2, 2013, (archival pigment digital print)

AFJ2906345: Passing Thoughts 2, 2013, (archival pigment digital print), Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

Passing Thoughts 5, 2013, (archival pigment digital print)
Passing Thoughts 5, 2013, (archival pigment digital print)

AFJ2906836: Passing Thoughts 5, 2013, (archival pigment digital print), Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

Birth of a Thought 3, 2007 (etching and aquatint)
Birth of a Thought 3, 2007 (etching and aquatint)

AFJ2906883: Birth of a Thought 3, 2007 (etching and aquatint), Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

Birth of a Thought 4, 2007 (etching and aquatint)
Birth of a Thought 4, 2007 (etching and aquatint)

AFJ2906884: Birth of a Thought 4, 2007 (etching and aquatint), Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

Between a Thing and a Thought, 2002, (collagraph print)
Between a Thing and a Thought, 2002, (collagraph print)

AFJ2906885: Between a Thing and a Thought, 2002, (collagraph print), Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

Passing Thoughts 13, 2013 (archival digital pigment print)
Passing Thoughts 13, 2013 (archival digital pigment print)

AFJ2906889: Passing Thoughts 13, 2013 (archival digital pigment print), Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

The Entangled Self 9
The Entangled Self 9

AFJ3059876: The Entangled Self 9, Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

The Entangled Self 10
The Entangled Self 10

AFJ3059877: The Entangled Self 10, Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

The Entangled Self 11
The Entangled Self 11

AFJ3059878: The Entangled Self 11, Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

The Entangled Self 12
The Entangled Self 12

AFJ3059879: The Entangled Self 12, Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

The Entangled Self 13
The Entangled Self 13

AFJ3059880: The Entangled Self 13, Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AFJ4075700: Golden Slumbers 1, 2017, monoprint, Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AFJ4075701: The Dark Self 14, 2017, monoprint, Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

Cogito Ergo Sum 3.2, 2006, (archival digital pigment print)
Cogito Ergo Sum 3.2, 2006, (archival digital pigment print)

AFJ4075702: Cogito Ergo Sum 3.2, 2006, (archival digital pigment print), Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

Cogito Ergo Sum 3.5, 2006, (archival digital pigment print)
Cogito Ergo Sum 3.5, 2006, (archival digital pigment print)

AFJ4075703: Cogito Ergo Sum 3.5, 2006, (archival digital pigment print), Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

Cogito Ergo Sum 3.9, 2006, (archival digital pigment print)
Cogito Ergo Sum 3.9, 2006, (archival digital pigment print)

AFJ4075704: Cogito Ergo Sum 3.9, 2006, (archival digital pigment print), Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

Cogito Ergo Sum 3.18, 2006, (archival digital pigment print)
Cogito Ergo Sum 3.18, 2006, (archival digital pigment print)

AFJ4075705: Cogito Ergo Sum 3.18, 2006, (archival digital pigment print), Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AFJ4075706: Golden Slumbers 6, 2017, monoprint, Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AFJ4075707: The Dark Self 2, 2017, monoprint, Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AFJ4075708: The Dark Self 13, 2017, monoprint, Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AFJ4075709: The Dark Self 16, 2017, monoprint, Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AFJ5668100: Respondences 1, 2018, (intaglio print), Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AFJ5668101: Respondences 2, 2018 (print), Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AFJ5668102: Respondences 3, 2018, (intaglio print), Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AFJ5668103: Respondences 4, 2018, (intaglio print), Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AFJ5668104: Respondences 5, 2018, (intaglio print), Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AFJ5668105: Respondences 6, 2018, (intaglio print), Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AFJ5668106: Respondences 8, 2018, (intaglio print), Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AFJ5668107: Traces of a Childhood 1, 2018 (monoprint), Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AFJ5668108: Traces of a Childhood 2, 2018 (monoprint), Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AFJ5668109: Traces of a Childhood 4, 2018 (monoprint), Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AFJ5668110: Traces of a Childhood 9, 2018 (monoprint), Aldworth, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images


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