A master manipulator of sound, Scottish-born artist Susan Philipsz has centered her production on the ways in which sounds interact with and become part of our spaces. The acoustic effects, particularly when amplified by architecture, take particular prominence and add depth the dynamic sound installations Philipsz conjures.
Philipsz is drawn to the psychological reactions to sound that initiates and uses those sentiments to create emotionally evocative sound installations. Transporting those who experience her work to specific spaces and times, Philipsz encourages her audience to recognize the importance of sound in creating feeling and memory.
Born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1965, Philipsz earned her BFA from Duncan of Jordanstone College in Dundee, Scotland, in 1993 and subsequently completed her MFA at the University of Ulster in Belfast the following year. She has been showered with accolades for her work; some of her more notable achievements include her receipt of a MoMA PS1 Fellowship (2000) as well as the Turner Prize (2010). Philipsz has also enjoyed the showcase of her work in major international exhibitions, such as those held at the Skulptur Projekte, Muenster (2007); the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2011); and the Hamburger Bahnhof (2014).