In Search of Resonance: A Conversation with Susan Philipsz
by Stephanie Buhmann
Scottish artist Susan Philipsz has worked with sound for years,
but her background is in sculpture. For her, the two fields have
been intertwined from the beginning. When studying sculpture
at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University
of Dundee, in the early 1990s, she contemplated the
physicality of producing sound, how it could offer a sculptural
experience and serve as a means to define space. During her
graduate studies in Belfast, this interest intensified. Since
then, architectural concerns, as well as the emotive and psychological
effects of sound and song, have become integral parts
of her practice.
Over the past two decades, Philipsz has worked extensively
with a wide range of public spaces. Her sound installations
highlight the unique characteristics of each setting, addressing
historic, social, and cultural contexts
...see the entire article in the print version of November's Sculpture magazine.
War Damaged Musical Instruments, 2015. View of
installation at Tate Britain, London.