35 & Counting: Suki Chan

In early February we launched ’35 & Counting’, an exhibition and online auction, marking 35 years of supporting emerging artists.

All proceeds of the online auction, launching on Thursday 16 February (5pm), will support our artist residency programme.

To showcase the 29 artworks generously donated, we have asked each of the artists to remind us of their involvement with Aspex and what a residency means to them.

Above: 'A Hundred Seas Rising' at Aspex, 2012 (image courtesy of the artist)

The artist said: “Aspex commissioned an ambitious sound installation, ‘A Hundred Seas Rising’ [pictured] in 2012. Inspired by Dickens’s novel, ‘A Tale of Two Cities’, ‘A Hundred Seas Rising’ explores how literature might be implicated in the imagination and trajectories of revolutions. The installation uses the sound of 100 individual voices as a sculptural material, re-imagining Dickens’s revolutionary mob sonically by creating surges of ideological thought that reverberate across the gallery space. 

Sound has always been important within my moving image and sculptural installations. The commission enabled me to explore the human voice. It was with this work that I became interested to use multiple voices to reflect multiple subjectivities to challenge the idea of a singular ‘truth.’”

What does a studio/place to work mean to you?

“A place to think and to experiment”

How have funded residencies supported your professional development, and what impact have they had on your work?

“The short residency with psychologist Skaiste Linceviciute at Aspex Gallery was one of two important experiences that piqued my interest in sensory perception and subjectivity. This initial dialogue led to my project, 'Lucida', a trilogy of interactive video installations, funded by Wellcome Trust, Arts Council of England and University of Salford.”  The first 'Lucida' work has been acquired by the University of Salford Art Collection.

About the artwork

‘Lucida - Slit Lamp Eye’                                                                                                                             

  • Digital Giclée prints on 300gsm acid free & archival quality paper
  • 42 x 59.4cm unframed, 51 x 71cm framed

Weaving together extraordinary images, bio-medical research and individual testimonies, ‘Lucida’ exposes the curious and complex relationship between the human eye, the brain and vision.  Working with a camera obscura, artist Suki Chan became intrigued by how our eyes receive images upside down, yet the brain processes and interprets them the correct way up. The mechanisms of our visual perception mean that at any given moment we actually see much less than we perceive. Our everyday experience of viewing a perfect and stable image of the world with ‘photographic’ detail is, in a certain sense, an illusion.