Sue Tompkins is a collector of found phrases, words, and lyrics. Through her typed and spoken works she re-presents snatches of material gleaned from the everyday, distorting meaning by metering their arrangement and delivery. Her work combines both vocalised and physical structure and form, transferring aspects of performance such as rhythm, tempo and composition into the gallery via two-dimensional works.
Tompkins received the Paul Hamlyn Award in 2011. solo exhibitions and performances include: ‘Expressions’, The Modern Institute, (2013); ‘Skype Won’t Do’, Diana Stigter, Amsterdam, (2013); ‘SEA DEEP’, Galerie Micky Schubert, Berlin (2012);’Hallo Welcome to Keith Street’, (Performance Presented by Art Basel Miami Beach and Creative Time In Partnership with Tramway), Miami Beach, USA (2010); ‘Grease: Transfer’, Spike Island, Bristol (live performance; with Hayley Tompkins) (2007). She has also exhibited widely in numerous group exhibitions, notably: ‘Film and performance: The Voice Is A Language’, Tate Modern, London (2012) ‘British Art Show 7: In The Days Of The Comet’, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow (2011); ‘São Paulo Biennale‘, Sao Paolo Biennale, Sao Paolo (2010); ‘HEAVEN‘, Athens Biennale, Athens, Greece (2009); ‘Poor. Old. Tired. Horse.’, ICA, London (2009); ‘Word Event’, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel (2008)
Sue Tompkins (b. 1971) lives and works in Glasgow, UK.
Gallery: The Modern Institute