Untitled | Susan Giles

Medium: Screenprint
Year: 2021
Edition size: 16
Dimensions: 18″ x 18″
Published Spudnik Press Cooperative
Inscriptions: Edition Number (left front), Signature (right front)
Produced in collaboration with Amy Wurtz (composer)

Ten x Ten is a collaboration between visual artists and musicians exploring visual and auditory interaction. By challenging artists to conceptualize their work across media, Ten x Ten asks participants to stretch and expand their creative process. Through producing a limited edition compilation and public presentation of the resulting artworks, Ten x Ten documents, celebrates, and promotes Chicago’s artistic community.

The collaboration between composer Amy Wurtz and artist Susan Giles explores memory and gesture situated in recollections of the idea of “home.” Using the same source material of a recorded story and gestures of a member of a choir for senior citizens with early-stage memory loss, the artists develop dual works that bring into focus the ways movement and sound are connected to memory, place and emotion.

Susan Giles is an artist working in sculpture and video.

She has a MFA from Northwestern University and a MA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Giles’ work has shown in Chicago at THE MISSION Gallery, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and The Renaissance Society, as well as Mixed Greens in New York and Galeria Valle Orti in Valencia, Spain, among others. She has received several grants, including an Individual Artist Project Grant from DCASE in 2015, awards from the Illinois Arts Council in 2014 and 2009, a 2005 Louis Comfort Tiffany Award and a 1998 Fulbright Grant to Indonesia to conduct research on the intersection of tourism and culture in Bali.

Giles is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Contemporary Practices at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.