Born 1955, London.
Susan Derges took a foundation course at Winchester School of Art from 1972-73, before going to study painting at Chelsea School of Art in London from 1973-76. While there, she was a workshop assistant to the sculptor John Ernest, developing experimental sound vibrations. From 1977-79 she undertook a postgraduate course at the Slade School of Fine Art in painting and computer graphics. She won a DAAD scholarship to Germany and a Boise travelling scholarship to Japan, returning to Japan in 1981-82 on a Rotary Foundation Scholarship and then in 1982-83 to research audio-visual media at Tsukuba University. From 1978 she taught at a number of art schools in London and the regions, becoming lecturer in the media department at the University of Plymouth, Exeter in 1994.
Her photographic work captures natural phenomena using light and light sensitive paper and avoiding the mediation of a camera.
She has exhibited widely in Britain and Japan with a solo exhibition at Arnolfini, Bristol in 1995. Her work is in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in New York as well as several Japanese public and corporate collections.