Susan Philipsz was born in 1965 in Glasgow. She studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee (1989-93) and the The University of Ulster (1993-94). Since then she has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally and she has been shortlisted for the Turner Prize 2010 for Lowlands, a work installed under three bridges beside the River Clyde in Glasgow.
Her solo exhibitions include When Day Closes, IHME Project, Pro Arte Foundation, Helsinki (2010); Lowlands, Glasgow International, Glasgow (2010); I See a Darkness, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York (2010); You Are Not Alone, Radcliffe Observatory, Modern Art Oxford (2009) and Out of Bounds: Susan Philipsz, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (2008). Her many group exhibitions include Haunted, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2010); Mirrors, MARCO Museo de Arte Contemporanea, Spain (2010); The Quick and the Dead, Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis (2009); Tales of Time and Space, Folkestone Triennial, Folkestone (2008); Skulptur Projekte Münster 07, Münster (2007) and Days Like These, Tate Britain Triennial, London (2003).
Interested in the ways that sound and space can define and mediate each other, Susan Philipsz creates subtle yet immersive installations in which the artist’s voice is the central medium. Engaged with the notion of sound as a physical or sculptural experience, Philipsz is best known for recording herself singing unaccompanied versions of popular or folk songs which she replays in public spaces or in a gallery. Responding to the character or architecture of a space or place and drawing from musical, literary and historical sources, her works often stimulate a heightened sense of spatial awareness, emotion and memory.