Susie Freeman

 


"My activity as an artist can be described as that of trapping tiny objects in a delicate web of filament.  Similarly, recent work considers how throughout our lives we collect and throw away, select and discard, objects which we feel are important or irrelevant.  We keep things we feel say something about us, either because they change with the passing of time, or remain the same.  My fabrics can present hundreds of objects in a single piece or focus on a small selection, making it possible to show similarities, contrasts, histories and developments.

"I often work collaboratively with a family doctor Liz Lee and we are joined for large scale commissions by artist David Critchley.  Calling ourselves Pharmacopoeia we make artworks which illustrate medical issues.  We are best known for Cradle to Grave, commissioned by The British Museum and currently on display in the museum’s Living and Dying exhibition.  It has three linked narratives; a ‘pill’ diary, objects, and personal photographs.  The pocket knitted pill diary incorporates all the estimated prescription drugs an average man and woman might take in a lifetime for common illnesses." 

Susie Freeman studied at Manchester School of Art and the Royal College of Art, London.

Exhibitions

2013
Femme Vitale, Medical Museion, Copenhagen
Subversive Design, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery
Pillen en Poeders, Boerhaave Museum, Leiden
Compass, Art@42, London
2012
Niet Normaal, Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool
Love, Vitrine Exhibition, V&V Galerie, Vienna
Target The Heart, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
40/40, Crafts Council, Online Exhibition
2011
Daglig Dosis, KunstCentret Silkeborg Bad
Primary Structures, San José Museum of Textiles, California 
Nicht Normaal, The Kleisthaus, Berlin
Girls Behind Bars, Together Our Space, London
A Unique Proposal, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
2010
Unpack London, Shanghai Expo
Green Attitude, Sanlitun Village & Zhongguancun, China
Niet Normaal, Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam
2009
Medicine & Art, Mori Museum, Tokyo
Infectious, Science Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin
2008
Fashion Art, World Trade Centre, Beijing
Pills, Science Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin
2007
Medical Mesh, Bergen Museum of Decorative Arts
Schmerz, Hamburger Bahnhof Museum, Berlin
2006
A N Other, Pentonville Prison Chapel, London
The John Charnley Trust, Wrightson Hospital, Wigan
2005
Artwear, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
ARTAID Crusaid, Royal College of Art, London
2004
Female Pharmacopoeia, Gimpel Fils, London
Lies Lust Art & Fashion, Podewil, Berlin

Collections

Royal College of General Practioners
Victoria & Albert Museum
The Wellcome Trust
The British Museum
Geffrye Museum
Crafts Council
Whitworth Art Gallery
Kwangju Textile Museum
Bergen Decorative Arts Museum

 

  • 12 Days 6/12 by Susie Freeman
  • A.R.T. by Susie Freeman
  • Allsorts by Susie Freeman
  • Bacteriology Illustrated Sampler by Susie Freeman
  • Black Medick by Susie Freeman
  • Buff Tailed by Susie Freeman
  • Buff Tailed (detail) by Susie Freeman
  • Buttercup by Susie Freeman
  • Chapter by Susie Freeman
  • Cradle To Grave Sampler by Susie Freeman
  • East / West by Susie Freeman
  • Forest by Susie Freeman
  • Good Taste by Susie Freeman
  • Paris by Susie Freeman
  • Players by Susie Freeman
  • Rock Rose by Susie Freeman
  • Saturday by Susie Freeman
  • Sonnet by Susie Freeman
  • Stag by Susie Freeman
  • Sunday by Susie Freeman
  • this & that by Susie Freeman
  • Treatment by Susie Freeman
  • Two By Two by Susie Freeman
  • Wavy Hair by Susie Freeman
  • White Van by Susie Freeman
  • Wilde by Susie Freeman