Susan Aldworth: The Portrait Anatomised – 7th March 2013


National Portrait Gallery
7th March – 1st September 2013 – Room 38a

Produced as part of a commission for Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital in Westminster, the portraits by Susan Aldworth in this display depict three individuals with epilepsy. Expanding a notion of contemporary portraiture, Aldworth appropriates the illustrative vocabulary of medical science in her innovative printmaking process and in doing so asks how this material corresponds or contrasts with the subject’s sense of self.
Susan Aldworth will lead and participate in related events and lectures during the display’s run at the National Portrait Gallery including a lunchtime lecture on 18 April at 1.15pm.

A documentary about the making of the portraits
Susan Aldworth: The Portrait Anatomised: Vimeo

Events at National Portrait Gallery, London for Susan Aldworth: The Portrait Anatomised

15 March 2013, 18:00-22:00 Late Shift Extra: Salon de Lumière, Room 38a
As part of the Salon de Lumière, Aldworth discusses her lenticular prints, which capture flashes of light in the brain – a homage to Man Ray the original ‘Master of Light’.

18 April 2013, 13:15
 Ondaatje Wing Theatre – Lecture: The Portrait Anatomised.
Susan Aldworth shares her unique approach to portraiture and printmaking as she discusses her display The Portrait Anatomised.
Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis and are subject to availability. Free

6 June 2013, 19:00 
Late Shift Event
Susan Aldworth discusses themes of identity, consciousness and representation in conversation with Paul Broks and writer Max Eilenberg. Paul is the author of Into the Silent Land and Max is the one of the subjects of Susan Aldworth: The Portrait Anatomised.

Interviews with the artist, sitters and curator may be accessed online here

Reassembling the Self – 20 September 2012

REASSEMBLING THE SELF - 20 September 2012
Hatton Gallery, Newcastle
20 September – 24 November 2012
Vane, Newcastle
20 September – 20 October 2012

‘Reassembling the Self’ is an exhibition on two sites, the Hatton Gallery and Vane. Centred in a study of the condition of schizophrenia, it weaves together art, science, psychiatry and individual histories in an, exploration of self, perception and the fragility of human identity. ‘ Continue reading


Going Native (film still) Susan Aldworth 2006, short film about consciousness

Going Native (film still) Susan Aldworth 2006, short film about consciousness

Between exhibition and related symposia
Inigo Rooms, East Wing, Somerset House, London.

Time-based works and prints explore embodiment with Susan Aldworth, Andrew Carnie and Karen Ingham.

April  19th – June 30th 2012

26 April 2012 Artists’ Talk
5.30pm Inigo Rooms. Free event but booking is essential
20 June 2012 Workshop

International Print Exhibition Japan

Apoptosis 2 is a colour etching by Susan Aldworth about cell death.

Apoptosis 2 2007 etching and aquatint 35 x 50cms

6th International Kyoto Hanga 2012, International Print Exhibition Japan/UK

Kyoto City Museum of Art 31 July – 12 August 2012.
Working innovatively and experimentally within both traditional and new media, this selection of British printmaking showcases artists who explore significant subject matter and complex ideas through the printmaking process.
Selected by two artist printmakers, the exhibition emphasises the diversity and vitality of contemporary printmaking in the UK and the importance of university departments and Open Access Studios as centres for excellence in printmaking.