Helen graduated with a psychology degree from Bath University and then went on to complete an MA in Fine Art, in which she received a distinction.
She is fascinated with the phenomenological experience of space and place, and how this can be translated through visual arts. Phenomenology as defined by S.E.P 2013; is “the study of phenomena, as they appear in our experience or the ways we experience things, thus the meanings things have in our experience”. For Helen the most complete way of experiencing is through immersion in an outside space and this is what inspires her work.
Walking has always been a central part of Helen’s creative practice and an important element of the process by which she makes work.
Solnit.R (2002) states that;
“Walking is a mode of making the world as well as being in it. Thus the walking body can be traced in the places it has made, paths are traces of the acting out of imagination and desire”.
She works with ceramics, paper, and site-specific pinhole installations to explore the perception of space and place. These pieces are influenced by some of her favourite walks and outdoor experiences.
Helen has chosen to work with vintage maps and texts bringing together elements of place; the small details merging past with the present. The resulting artworks have been extensively researched and collected. They are revised geographies, inviting the viewer to consider their own interaction and experience of a place.
Rostra Gallery in Bath currently represent Helen and she regularly has work displayed at the London Affordable Art Fairs. She works from her studio in Bristol on private commissions and larger scale projects. Helen is currently working on a large commission for SMC Art Consultants/SAGA.