The Art of Sleep

21st June 2017 - 21st July 2017

Monoprints by Susan Aldworth

The Art of Sleep is an exhibition which draws us into the head that sleeps, through a series of experimental monoprints produced by artist Susan Aldworth in preparation for The Dark Self - a large exhibition and installation at York St Mary's Church, a York Museums Trust venue.

This intriguing exhibition of exquisitely detailed, wonderfully mysterious and often ethereal works shows Aldworth's working practice at its most experimental and beautiful.

Susan has been Artist in Residence at the University of York for three years working on an interdisciplinary project with Professor Miles Whittington, Chair in Neuroscience and more recently Professor Michael White, Head of the Department of Art History. Professor Whittington and his team are working on a Wellcome Trust grant carrying out research into what happens within the brain during deep sleep - a time when the our brain renders us unconscious. For Susan, this poses a philosophical conundrum. “If our brains can make the ‘self’ unconscious, then what is the relationship between the brain and our sense of self?” The exhibition The Dark Self is the result of Aldworth’s artistic questioning and the work in this exhibition, The Art of Sleep, offers exploratory work produced during this period of research.

Download the exhibition catalogue here.

The Dark Self runs from Wednesday 7th June - Sunday 3rd September 2017 at York St Marys, Castlegate, York, YO1 9RN. The prints by Susan Aldworth in this exhibition are available for purchase through Lotte Inch Gallery. Please email us if you would like a list of these available works.

Susan Aldworth is an artist interested in questions of human identity. She is an experimental printmaker and filmmaker referencing philosophy, medicine, and neuroscience in her work. Aldworth has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally and her work is held in many public and permanent collections including the V&A, British Museum, Fitzwilliam Museum and Wellcome Collection. Her critically acclaimed exhibition Susan Aldworth: The Portrait Anatomised  was shown at the National Portrait Gallery in 2013, and Realisation was shown at the Fitzwilliam Museum in  2017. She is currently artist in residence at York University exploring sleep. She is a regular presenter on BBC Radio, and represented by TAG Fine Art.


Featuring artists

  • Susan Aldworth