Susan Silton works across media including photography, video, installation, performance, text, audio, lithography, and internet technologies, and within diverse contexts such as public sites, social network platforms, and traditional galleries and institutions. Her practice engages multiple aesthetic strategies to mine the complexity of perception and to interrupt—through combinations of humor, discomfort, and subterfuge—the “othering” that often results from distorted perception.
In She Had a Laugh Like a Beefsteak, Silton activates the multivalent space of the voice, drawing from diverse artistic, theoretical, and anatomical sources to contextualize her cross-disciplinary practice. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally, including LACMA, SFMOMA, SITE Santa Fe, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, and ICA Philadelphia. She has received fellowships and awards from Art Matters Foundation, Getty/California Community Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, the Center for Cultural Innovation, and most recently, The Shifting Foundation. Her recent book project Who’s in a Name? launched in performative events in 2013 at MOCA and LA><ART and was featured inArtforum, Art21 blog, and KCET’s Artbound.