Born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1965, Turner Prize-winning artist Susan Philipsz is best known for her works that explore the potential of sound—often including her own, untrained voice—to define space and its interaction with architecture. Created in response to specific spaces and their architectural, environmental, and historic contexts, Philipsz’s sound installations bring to life the meaning of the places in which they are sited. She has said, “I work with sound but that sound is always installed in a particular context and that context with its architecture, lighting, and ambient noises forms the entire experience of the artwork. It is a visual, aural, and emotive landscape.”
Susan Philipsz: Seven Tears will include a specially commissioned installation created for the Pulitzer’s Tadao Ando-designed building. Situated in the museum’s central water court, where a reflecting pool offers dynamic views of the surrounding environment, the installation features Philipsz’s own voice singing a seventeenth-century lament on the themes of reflection, tears, and mourning. Other works—poetic meditations on loss, hope, and longing—will animate the museum’s galleries and surrounding architecture, creating a constellation of singular, immersive environments.