Susan Hiller | the artist




The artist Susan Hiller
Born 1940, Tallahassee, Florida, USA.
Lives and works in Cornwall, Wales, UK.

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Artist’s website
" … There aren’t many artists whose every new work you would want to see and Hiller is one of them." ( The Observer, April 5, 2005)
5 Works in the TATE gallery
Interview with the artist.

This is an edited transcript of an
interview that took place between
Susan Hiller and Roger Malbert at the
Fourth International Symposium on
Surrealism at West Dean College.

After microscope slides found in Freud’s collection and a quotation from Jacques Lacan, 1966
Since the late 1960s, Hiller has infused conceptual and minimalist strategies and aesthetics with the influence of feminism, popular culture and psychoanalysis, creating works in a diverse range of media: notably sculpture, performance, video, photography, drawing and installation. “To enquire, and to transform” these are the leitmotifs that run throughout Hiller’s oeuvre over a 30 year period, according to curator James Lingwood, who continues, “In a remarkably consistent way, Hiller has sustained an open-ended enquiry into the elusive nature of our selves, the forces at work in the making and re-making of subjectivity and its potential for transformation.”
In Artangel’s latest commission Susan Hiller fills a disused chapel near London’s Westway with the sounds of people describing UFO encounters. The effect is strange, of course, but also familiar as you climb a spiral staircase to the installation – just as you did with Douglas Gordon’s Artangel piece – and enter the kind of dilapidated space Iain Sinclair might inhabit with a dead scholar. Artangel specialises in quirky spaces, but it would be good to see one of its commissions in a McDonalds or a car park…


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