Susan Derges, "Observer and Observed #15", 1991, edition #1/2, gelatin silver print, 29x27”,  Courtesy Paul Kasmin Gallery, NYC

Susan Derges, “Observer and Observed #15”, 1991, edition #1/2, gelatin silver print, 29×27”,
Courtesy Paul Kasmin Gallery, NYC

Susan Derges

A small jet of water is vibrated at its nozzle by a loud speaker. Sine Waves cause the water to form into a coherent standing wave, which when illuminated by a strobe of light (pulsing at the same frequency as the sound), transforms the water wave into a series of individual droplets suspended in time and space. Each drop of water also becomes a small lens, focusing the face or eye of the observed behind.

The observer becomes inextricably involved in the observed – a dynamic participation that excludes any sense of a neutral, objective gaze.

Susan Derges lives and works in Devon , United Kingdom . Derges studied in London at the Chelsea School of Art and Design and the Slade School of Fine Art. She has exhibited her work in solos shows at the Photographer’s Gallery in London, the James Danziger Gallery in NYC, the Paul Kasmin Gallery in NYC (where her work is represented), Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco, the Tokyo Science Museum, Musee d’ Elysee in Switzerland, Gallery Mocca in Sweden; and in group shows at the Gana Art Gallery in Korea, the Yokohama Museum of Art in Japan, the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. Reviews of her work have been published in Photo District News, the Atlanta Journal, Time Out New York , New York Magazine, and the New Yorker. Her work is held in collections in England , Japan , Germany , and the US .