Susan Derges

The United Kingdom, London Purdy Hicks Gallery

Much of the work of Susan Derges (GB, 1955) 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'. Susan Derges is a pioneering force in camera-less photography. Derges endeavours to capture invisible scientific and natural processes - the continuous movement of water, the evolution of frogspawn or the cycles of the moon. 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. In her most recent works, Susan Derges has experimented with new printing methods to create sets of photogravures, in which she presents variations based on her unique works. This series reveals a strong attachment to the printing craft, its infinite possibilities, and the time and precision it requires. The Japanese and oriental influences that have fuelled Susan Derges’ works are still very much present in this new set, in their tonal qualities, textures and choice of paper.