Are you experienced? Visionary art from Susan Hiller
19 November 2015
Susan Hiller combines a mixed background as an artist and anthropologist to explore experiences, stories and phenomena to create her visionary work.
“I’m trying to give a cosmic background to the voices telling stories about seeing strange things in the sky - lights, flying objects or something of the sort” she says.
“I’m committed to looking at things as they are, but which are not acknowledged, overlooked, or ridiculed.”
Based mainly in London since the early 1960s, American-born Hiller studied archaeology and anthropology in New York and New Orleans before developing a career in art.
Through innovative installations, paintings, multi-screen videos and audio works, Hiller has set out to question belief systems. She has described it as “a kind of archaeological investigation, uncovering something to make a different kind of sense of it”.
Hiller has looked at phenomena including automatic writing (Sisters of Menon, 1972/79), near death experiences (Channels, 2013) and collective experiences of paranormal activity (Belshazzar’s Feast, 1983-84)
Susan Hiller is at Lisson Gallery, London, until 9 January 2016.