Susan Aldworth is a visual artist who lives and works in London. Aldworth studied philosophy at Nottingham University and printmaking at Sir John Cass, London. She is an experimental printmaker and filmmaker referencing medicine, neuroscience and philosophy in her work exploring human identity. Through her investigations into consciousness, dementia, schizophrenia, epilepsy and Down’s syndrome, Aldworth has developed a particular interest in expanding notions of contemporary portraiture. She is represented by GV Art gallery, London.
Aldworth has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally and her work is held in many public and permanent collections including the Victoria & Albert Museum, The British Museum, The Fitzwilliam Museum and The Wellcome Collection Library. Her critically acclaimed solo exhibition Susan Aldworth: The Portrait Anatomised was shown at the National Portrait Gallery, London in 2013. Other recent solo exhibitions include Matter into Imagination(2006), Scribing the Soul(2008), Reassembling the Self at Hatton Gallery in Newcastle in2012, at GV Art in London in 2014 and at Watersdie Arts Centre, Manchester in 2015. Her etchings printed directly from human brain tissue were shown in TRANSIENCE shown GV Art gallery in 2013 and in the Blyth Gallery, Imperial College in 2014. She has recently worked with master printer Nigel Oxley on a suite of etching called The Entangled Self printing directly from human hair.
She is a regular presenter on BBC Radio 3 and 4.
Other recent significant shows include Images of the Mind, Dresden and Brno, Kyoto Hanga International, Japan, Brains: The mind as matter, Wellcome Collection, London and Mind Maps: Stories from Psychology, Science Museum, London.She is currently working on a project exploring Sleep at both Guy’s Hospital and York University called The Dark Self.