Exhibition Essay – The Dark Self ~ Susan Aldworth (2017)
Published to coincide with the exhibition The Dark Self held at York St Mary’s, York Museums Trust (2017)
The Dark Self ~ Susan Aldworth
Essay by Michael White
Image by Susan Aldworth: The Dark Self, monoprint, 2017
Design by Valle Walkley
Print by Calverts Co-operative, London
Photo/separations by John Bodkin, Dawkins Colour
Published to coincide with artist Susan Aldworth’s exhibition The Dark Self held at York St Mary's from 7 June to 3 September 2017, The Dark Self ~ Susan Aldworth consists of a booklet strikingly designed from a single sheet of black paper, which unfolds to reveal an essay by Professor Michael White (University of York) on one side and a print of one of Aldworth’s artworks in the exhibition on the other.
In the course of his essay, Professor White discusses the exhibition and highlights the connection of Aldworth’s art with current neuroscientific understanding of sleep, especially research conducted by Professor Miles Whittington (Hull York Medical School). The exhibition is a result of Aldworth’s time as artist in residence at the University of York and, concurrently, at the Sleep Disorders Centre at Guys Hospital in London.
Main image: Cover detail from exhibition publication 'The Dark Self ~ Susan Aldworth' (2017)