Susan Derges

The United Kingdom, London Purdy Hicks Gallery

Much of the work of Susan Derges (b. 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'. Susan Derges is a pioneering force in camera-less photography. Having trained in painting, Derges only began working with photography while living and studying in Japan in the early 1980s. Based now in Devon, she 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. Susan Derges' work is in the collection of museums around the world including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Victoria and Albert Museum, London;  The Getty Center, Los Angeles; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and The Hara Art Museum, Tokyo.