“I still cannot escape the thought that I am seeing all this and thinking all this because of the very thing that I am looking at. The brain is a very strange and marvellous thing. It is not like a heart or a kidney. It is thinking flesh. No wonder I keep changing materials for my work. I don’t have a problem with its structure - it is function and consciousness which baffles me.” ALDWORTH’S DIARY DESCRIBING HER EXPERIENCE OF A CEREBRAL ANGIOGRAM 26 OCTOBER 2001
Artist Susan Aldworth’s interest in brains stems from personal experience – she collapsed in her studio in 1999 and was taken to a hospital where she watched while fully conscious the doctors search for a diagnosis. She ‘was looking into my brain, in real time, live, on a monitor, while lying on an operating table’. Her experience changed forever how she saw herself and how she thought about identity. She’s been exploring that ever since through her art.