Susan Philipsz is a Scottish artist based in Berlin who works with spaces, narrative, and sounds. In 2010 she won the Turner Prize which was the first time a sound work was nominated. In 2014 she was awarded an OBE.
Her sound installation War Damaged Musical Instruments which explores the destruction of war, is in Tate Britain’s Duveen galleries until February 2016.
She uses recordings, mainly of her own singing voice, and projects this sound into space. Her voice is untrained and she leaves in-breaths and imperfections to create a sense of intimacy.
She has reworked songs varying from traditional folk music and sixteenth-century ballads to songs by Nirvana and David Bowie.
She is interested in how sound can trigger memory and emotions. While each piece is unique, she explores familiar themes of loss, longing, hope, and return.
Sound is materially invisible but very visceral and emotive. It can define a space at the same time as it triggers a memory.
Susan Philipsz (from an interview for TATE)
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