The work of Susan Derges revolves around the creation of visual metaphors exploring the relationship between the self and nature. She endeavours to capture both visible and invisible scientific and natural processes – the physical appearance of sound, the evolution of frogspawn or the reflection of the moon and stars on water.
She is best known for her pioneering technique of capturing the movement of water by immersing photographic paper directly into rivers or shorelines. Her practice reflects the work of the earliest pioneers of photography but is also contemporary in its experimentation and awareness of both conceptual and environmental issues.
Her works are included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the Hara Art Museum in Tokyo.