27 Aug

Susan Aldworth: The Portrait Anatomised (National Portrait Gallery)
Produced as part of a commission for Guy’s and St. Thomas’s Hospital in Westminster, the portraits by Susan Aldworth in this display depict three individuals with epilepsy. Expanding a notion of contemporary portraiture, the artist 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.

I’m not a huge fan of print making, so I actually found the method and ideas whilst creating these portraits more interesting than the final pieces themselves. Perhaps because they were large pieces created quite quickly and perhaps because of the strong connection to health and science that runs through the process.
I feel like a great deal of thought and emotion went into these portraits (the artist has a strong connection to the theme), and I think that is probably why they are so successful.


3 Responses to “SUSAN ALDWORTH”

  1. neuropickings August 30, 2013 at 1:49 pm #

    What a great video! Interesting description of epilepsy as ‘too much electricity in the brain’ I like it. Others say, including neurologists, that epilepsy is ‘irregular electricity firing’, but I much prefer her description, makes us sound like mini Einsteins. Good find!

    • hawkinsart August 30, 2013 at 1:54 pm #

      Yeh she definitely seems like an intelligent woman! 😉
      I like how she explains herself, her art and her subject

      • neuropickings August 30, 2013 at 2:03 pm #

        It can take a life changing experience to make you see the world from another perspective, her was the operating table. Some individuals mope around and get depressed when health changes, others use it as an art opportunity, intelligent lady indeedy 🙂

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