Susan Silton

Susan Silton, performing with The Crowing Hens

Susan Silton resides in Los Angeles. Her multi-disciplinary projects engage multiple aesthetic strategies to mine the complexities of subjectivity and subject positions, often through poetic combinations of humor, discomfort, subterfuge and unabashed beauty.

Silton’s work takes form in performative and participatory-based projects, photography, video, installation, text/audio works, and print-based projects, and presents in diverse contexts such as public sites, social network platforms, and traditional galleries and institutions.

Her work has been exhibited/presented nationally and internationally at Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; SFMOMA, San Francisco; Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects; LA><ART, Los Angeles; Hammer Museum; ICA/ Philadelphia; MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles; and Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, among others. Projects include the commissioned installation, In everything there is the trace at USC Fisher Museum, the book project, Who’s in a Name? (both 2013), and the site-specific opera, A Sublime Madness in the Soul (composed by Juliana Snapper, 2015), which presented through the windows of the artist’s then-studio in downtown Los Angeles. In November, 2015, Silton’s Whistling Project was included in SITE Santa Fe’s year-long series of exhibitions, SITE 20 Years/20 Shows, which included a commissioned performance by Silton’s women’s whistling group, The Crowing Hens.

She has received fellowships and awards from the Getty/California Community Foundation, Art Matters, Center for Cultural Innovation, Cultural Affairs Department of the City of Los Angeles, The MacDowell Colony, Banff Centre for the Arts, Durfee Foundation, The Shifting Foundation, and most recently, Fellows of Contemporary Art. Silton’s work has been featured in numerous publications including Artforum, Art21, KCET’s Artbound, Art in America, X-TRA, ArtLies, Flash Art, and Cabinet.

A Sublime Madness in the Soul, 2015 (composed by Juliana Snapper). Excerpt from operatic work presented through the windows of Silton’s studio, visible and audible from the 6th Street Bridge, Downtown Los Angeles.

Susan Silton and The Crowing Hens, 2010. Documentation from performance at LA><ART, 2010. Performers: Erin Barnes, Jessica Basta, Carole Anne Kaufman, Laura Loftsgaarden, Kathryn Nockels, Susan Silton. Musicians: Joe Berardi, Jessica Catron, Jeremy Drake.

Turn the Beat Around, 2016. Videowork produced in the aftermath of Orlando nightclub attack, June, 2016.