Ann Gallagher

  • Susan Hiller in 2006. Photo: Nanda Lanfranco.
    passages March 05, 2019

    Susan Hiller (1940–2019)

    IN SUSAN HILLER’S EARLY VIDEO INSTALLATION An Entertainment, 1990, scaled-up images and the amplified sound of Punch and Judy performances transform popular children’s entertainment into a terrifying spectacle. Aspects of our collective culture considered unworthy of serious attention—in this case, puppet shows she watched with her young son—repeatedly formed the starting point for a wide range of innovative artworks produced over the artist’s remarkably productive five-decade career.

    Susan’s art often focused on the subconscious and the paranormal. Early experiments with automatic writing and