Sue Tompkins

Sue Tompkins (born 1971 in Leighton Buzzard) is a British artist whose work explores language through the spoken, sung and written word. Over the years, her projects have included text works, audio works, installations and performances. In these, Tompkins works with fragments of words, phrases and texts gathered from everyday encounters and experiences, creating collages of often absurd associations. The performances involve a rash stream of speech that presents the artist as an ironist and provocateur.

Sue Tompkins has held multiple solo exhibitions, such as at the Halle für Kunst in Lüneburg (2022), the Modern Institute in Glasgow (2018), the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow (2014), the Portland Museum of Modern Art (2013), as well as group exhibitions, including La Galerie – Centre d’art contemporain in Noisy-Le-Sec (2022), the Tenderbooks in London (2018), the Tate Modern in London (2012), ICA in London (2012), the Sāo Paolo Art Biennial (2010) and the Whitechapel in London (2010).