York Press’ Arts editor, Charles Hutchinson’s selected Susan Aldworth’s The Dark Self, York St Mary’s, Castlegate, York, as Exhibition of the Year in 2017.

Susan Aldworth in her installation The Dark Self, York St Mary's photo by James Hardisty. 2017

Susan Aldworth in her installation The Dark Self, York St Mary’s photo by James Hardisty. 2017

PILLOWS were such stuff as dreams were made on in London installation artist Susan Aldworth’s exhibition: 414 former hotel pillows to be precise, newly individually embroidered with all manner of thoughts, humorous and serious, and suspended from the ceiling in the church nave of York St Mary’s in rows like a flotilla of sails

“You have to have a central installation in an exhibition like this, otherwise you don’t make the church come alive, and I want the pillowcases to represent the congregation. All of them represent the thoughts of individual minds and if you think of the building as a place of contemplation, the pillows are the dreams hovering in there.” Susan Aldworth 2017