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Susan Boyle

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Scotland, UK

Birth year

Lives in
Glasgow, UK

Works in
Glasgow, UK


Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, 2013, BA (Hons) Fine Art

photography, conceptual, installation, mixed-media, sculpture, fine art

Artist Statement and CV


Artist's Statement


 In my work I examine the concept of order and disorder where I look at the ways in which we may seek to regulate the uncertainty and disorder of life through control mechanisms, and the relentless disruptions and disarray that surround us that always prevent ultimate attainment of total control over our lives (and that of others and our environment).


 I also explore whether we really wish to escape the confines of control structures (both external and self-imposed) and their rules and instructions, or if we readily accept and create directions that afford us stability and allow avoidance of self-examination and introspection. My work often incorporates and subverts the forms of standard rules, instructions and our own personal 'routines' where I incorporate habitual routines and repeated, sometimes obsessive, banal actions in creating my work and often use everyday paraphernalia we accumulate and use as methods of regulation such as lists, receipts and instruction leaflets.


 The images in my photographic work often signify occurrences or incidents we may encounter that can often imperceptibly affect us but could also be significant elements of change in our own lives and those around us. I am interested in the conditions that sometimes start a whole chain of events that can disrupt our planned course of action and ultimately alter both ourselves and our lives in unexpected ways.


I often produce images of objects and elements of our surroundings in a somewhat unsettling and slightly ominous way where the objects of the familiar and everyday seem to invoke a sense of disorder rather than the comfort they are intended for. I explore the use of routine and the familiar to exert a sense of control, and address the notion that despite our strivings to create an ordered settled environment, there will always be telltale signs of discordance or unsettling situations that occur in these seemingly innocuous places.


Susan Boyle is an artist currently living and working in Glasgow

BA (Hons) Fine Art Photography, Glasgow School of Art


-Group Exhibition, June 2014, Artfarm, Via S. Stefano, 37040 Bonavigo, Verona, Italy
-Solo Exhibition (as yet untitled), May 2014, Grace & Fife Gallery, Glasgow School of Art

-Meanwhile (2 person show with Magdalen Chau) , 27 Nov-21 Dec, Interviewroom 11, 38 Castle Terrace, Edinburgh
-Zealous X, 28 Nov – 1 Dec, Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, London
-Jerwood Encounters: Family Politics, curated by Photoworks, 6 Nov - 8 Dec, work included with The Photocopy Club, Jerwood Space, 171 Union St, London
-A Deviation in Conditions (solo show), 8th-13th Oct, Studio 41, 41 West Graham Street, Glasgow
-Telling Stories, 27 Sept - 15 Nov, Kaleidoscope Gallery, Sevenoaks, Kent
-Show Us Your Arts, Veneer Gallery, Glasgow
-New Wave (Janie Nicoll), work included in installation by artist Janie Nicoll, The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow
-Degree Show, Mackintosh Building, The Glasgow School of Art
-Read The Instructions, The Vic Gallery, Glasgow

-Untitled Group Show, The Glue Factory, Glasgow
-Artist's Films Screening (Incidents), CCA, Glasgow

-Drawing Blanks, Newbery Gallery, Glasgow

-The Body as a Site of Cultural Representation, Mackintosh Building, The Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow

The Alice Duncan Travel Award

Internship, Patricia Fleming Projects, South Block, 60/64 Osborne Street, Glasgow





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