Susan Giles

Not Just Another Pretty Face 2019

Program Overview


Susan Giles

Most of us have taken photographs and bought souvenirs of national parks we’ve visited, videotaped our travels to foreign lands, or told stories about our adventures with other cultures, be they restaurants or markets or museums. I am fascinated by our collective efforts at tangibly representing a place, and our relationship to that place, through these means. My artwork concerns the physicality of place and how the subject constructs identity in relation to place. Seminal to my studio practice is my experience living a cumulative two years in India and Indonesia. In 1998 I lived in Bali, Indonesia, and conducted research on the intersection of tourism and culture under a Fulbright grant.

My work reflects our longing for the ideal, whether through the big picture – monuments, nationalism, and ideology, or through the everyday life of the individual – travel stories and imagery. I am interested in separating and reframing fragments of the familiar in order to experience them in a new way – one that might give insight into what occurs at the root of linguistic and tourist encounters and the limitations of representations of those encounters.





$1,000 - $5,000

For more information or to commission a unique work of art through Not Just Another Pretty Face, contact Maria Nelson at or 773.324.5520 x1014.