In 2016 Susan Merrick worked with a group of Artists at the National Archives to respond to some of the archives official documents on mental health. The National Archives will be touring the Artist responses to these documents throughout Autumn and Winter 2016/2017. Susan’s work in this project was a film of her performance ‘Statements in Semaphore’ that she produced in May 2016. The ephemeral quality of performance is perhaps reflected in the final exhibition production. Limited to transportable panels the exhibition will simply show archival elements of the performance, a link to the film, and the dress that the Artist wore. The responses to the archives become an archive themselves, even within their first exhibition.
This residency and subsequent performance was the starting point for Susan’s interest in dialogue to consider research around women’s rights, and became the basis of the wider project Statements in Semaphore which then continued to be developed by the Artist as FiLiA Artist in Residence 2017.
Susan’s work in the role of FiLiA Artist in Resident 2017 was funded via public funding from Arts Council England. For more about this part of the project see page 2017.
For more information about the Artist and her other work please visit susanmerrick.co.uk