War Damaged Musical Instruments, 2015. View of installation at Tate Britain, London.

In Search of Resonance: A Conversation with Susan Philipsz

Scottish artist Susan Philipsz has worked with sound for years, but her background is in sculpture. For her, the two fields have been intertwined from the beginning. When studying sculpture at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee, in the early 1990s, she contemplated the physicality of producing sound, how it could offer a sculptural experience and serve as a means to define space. During her graduate studies in Belfast, this interest intensified. Since then, architectural concerns, as well as the emotive and psychological effects of sound and song, have become integral parts of her practice. Over the past two decades, Philipsz has worked extensively with a wide range of public spaces. Her sound installations highlight the unique characteristics of each setting, addressing historic, social, and cultural contexts …see the entire article in the print version of November’s Sculpture magazine.