Susan Derges

Much of the work of Susan Derges (born 1955, London) revolves around the creation of visual metaphors exploring the relationship between the observer and the observed; the self and nature or the imagined and the 'real'. She endeavours to manifest or capture invisible scientific and natural processes - the physical appearance of sound vibration, the evolution of frogspawn or the cycles of the moon. Characteristically, her practice has involved cameraless, lens-based, digital and reinvented photographic processes, and encompasses subject matter informed by landscape and abstraction as well as the physical and biological sciences. She is perhaps best known for her pioneering technique of capturing the continuous movement of water by immersing photographic paper directly into rivers or shorelines. Often creating work at night, she works with the light of the moon and a hand-held torch to expose images directly onto light sensitive paper.

Susan Derges (born 1955, London) completed her postgraduate studies at the Slade School of Fine Art before living in Japan, where she continued her research at Tsukuba University. Her work has been exhibited in numerous international exhibitions including Shadows on the Wall: Cameraless Photography, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2014) and Shadow Catchers, Victoria & Albert Museum (2010). Collections holding her work include Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Art Institute of Chicago; Getty Center, Los Angeles; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Victoria & Albert Museum.

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