Susan Morris - Motion Capture Drawing [SPDR] View from Above, 2012 (detail)

Susan Morris

November 11, 2013

The British artist Susan Morris examines modern technology, the recording of time, and the documentation of movement. Initially working with photography and video, she now creates automatic drawing or casting – generated by digital recoding processes and output in various media including tapestry, inkjet and more recently 3D printing.

Morris holds BA from Birmingham College of Art (now UCE), MA from Goldsmiths College, University of London and PhD, from University of the Arts, London. Her PhD explored the relation between the operation of photography and that of remembrance – drawing on ideas from Barthes, Proust and Lacan. She exhibited in a range of venues, including Bartha Contemporary, London, Kunstraum Alexander Bürkle, Germany, Palazzo Fortuny, Venice, CEAAC, Strasbourg, France, ERES-Stiftung Munich, Germany, Valentines, Los Angeles, USA, Drawing Room London, CentrePasquArt, Biel, Switzerland, and Scheublein + Bak, Zürich, Switzerland.

Morris uses digital tracking devices worn on the body to record her daily routine or seemingly repetitive gestures, producing images that reveal a body caught up in the machinations of clock and calendrical time. Using a range of different media, she examines a very traditional idea of an artist's self-portraiture serving as a commentary on subjectivity in general.

Featured image: Susan Morris - Motion Capture Drawing [SPDR]: View from Above, 2012 (detail). Archival Inkjet on Hahnemühle paper. 59 1/10 × 98 2/5 in. 150 × 250 cm. Photo courtesy Bartha Contemporary