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. She is best known for her pioneering technique of capturing the continuous movement of water by immersing photographic paper directly into rivers or shorelines. She often creates her work at night, working with the light of the moon and a hand-held torch to expose images directly onto light sensitive paper. Her practice reflects the work of the earliest pioneers of photography but is also very contemporary in its awareness of environmental issues and the complexity of its conceptual meanings.

Susan Derges (b. 1955)
Solo Exhibitions from 2000
2015 Susan Derges, Purdy Hicks Gallery, London
2013 Susan Derges, Danziger Gallery, New York
2012- 2013 Susan Derges; Alder Brook, Purdy Hicks Gallery, London
2010-2011 Susan Derges; A Little Bit of Magic Realised, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh
2009 Susan Derges, Purdy Hicks Gallery, London
2008 Susan Derges, Johyun Gallery, Seoul and Busan
Susan Derges and Hildegard von Bingen, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh
2006 Susan Derges, Purdy Hicks Gallery, London
Susan Derges, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh
2005 Susan Derges, Photographs Without a Camera, Gallery 314, Bergen
2004 Susan Derges, FotoFest 2004 – Water, Houston, Texas
Susan Derges; Dark Waters, Terrace Gallery, Harewood House, Leeds
Susan Derges; Recent Work, Galerie Nichido, Paris
2003 Susan Derges; New Work, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York
Susan Derges; Transience of Nature, Nichido Contemporary Art, Tokyo Design Centre
2002 Susan Derges; New Work, Michael Hue-Williams Fine Art, London
Susan Derges; Liquid Form, Ediciones Wu, Lima
Susan Derges; The Streens, Trace Gallery, Weymouth, Dorset
2001 Susan Derges; Natural Magic, Museum of the History of Science, Oxford
Susan Derges; Kingswood, St Mary’s Church, Ashford, Kent
2000 Susan Derges, Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston

Selected Bibliography:
2012 Susan Derges; Alder Brook, Purdy Hicks Gallery, London. Text by Thomas A. Clark
2010 Susan Derges; Elemental, Edited by Martin Barnes, Texts by Christopher Bucklow, David Chandler, Charlotte Cotton, Mel Gooding, Mark Haworth-Booth and Martin Kemp (Steidl) Shadow Catchers: Camera-less Photography. Essay by Martin Barnes (Merrell)
2006 Alchemy twelve contemporary artists exploring the essence of photography,
Purdy Hicks Gallery, London. Picturing Eden, George Eastman House (Steidl). Texts: A. Nordstro, D. Klochko 2005 Made in Britain, Huis Marseille, Amsterdam
2003 Susan Derges, Recycling Lucifer’s Fall, Houldsworth Fine Art, London. Essay by Nick Hackworth
2002 Susan Derges; Kingswood, Photoworks and Stour Valley Arts Project. Essay by Charlotte Cotton
2001 Susan Derges, Natural Magic, The Museum of the History of Science, Oxford
1999 Susan Derges; Woman Thinking River, Fraenkel and Danziger Galleries, US Essay: C Cotton
Susan Derges Liquid Form, Michael Hue-Williams Fine Art. Essay by Martin Kemp 1997 Susan Derges, River Taw, Michael Hue-Williams Fine Art, London. Essay by Richard Bright
1994 Susan Derges, Cameraless Photography, Yokohama Museum of Art
1993 New Inhabitants-Seven Artists on Dartmoor, Royal Albert Museum & Art Gallery Exeter Between Sun and Earth, Photographers’ Gallery, London.
1978 Hayward Annual 1978, Arts Council of England

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Susan Derges