Bristol's Community Forest Path Project
This project has continued to explore walking and place, how walking is an important way in which we come to understand, know and create place.
The project focused specifically on how the physical experience of walking through a rural landscape can create connections with those landscapes, as well as actually shaping the same landscapes over time.
Pinhole photography was used to convey both a sense of the movement experienced when walking in the landscape, as well as documenting how walking has shaped the landscape in the creation of paths.
Helen’s final MA project looked at how pinhole photography could translate a phenomenological experience of space in non-urban place; in doing so it explored the relationship between time and photographic process and approached photography as both a visual and physical construct.
Helen uses sculpture, photography and drawing to represent and re-examine a rural space. Through this exploration, she questions how landscapes can be defined and ask what makes a space into a place?
The physical experience of walking through a landscape is central to her practice, an important way in which place can be created; known and understood. Walking is one way in which identity can be found in rural landscapes.
Landscape trace explores one specific rural landscape space near to the city of Bristol. Through repeated walks and visits, in which the cast of the paths are formed, path drawings were made and pinhole photographs were taken, Helen documents traces of a human experiential relationship with the landscape.
The Space of Place
This final MA project developed the ways in which pinhole photography is able to interpret a phenomenological experience of space in non-urban places.
The series of photographs developed during this project questioned the relationship between the physical and the pictorial and explored the paradoxical relationship between time and the photographic process.
Scutche's Plantation Site Specific Installation
The site-specific pinhole photograph installation: (Latitude:51.452665 Longitude:2.672159 OSGB36 08:05:11 11:00 – 16:00)) questions the relationship between the physical and the pictorial, and explores the paradoxical relationship between time and the photographic process.
It addresses the failure of the photograph to embody a phenomenological experience of place.
In the summer of 2011, I had the opportunity to work at Painswick Rococo Gardens again, this period of work cumulating in a site-specific pinhole photographic installation shown at the summer sculpture exhibition.
The installation built on my MA work and addressed one of the design principles behind the Rococo Garden, that of inward-looking vistas and attempted to challenge our experience of this particular constructed landscape by highlighting the absence in our experience of the other places shown by the panels.
The installation consisted of two large (200cm by 100cm) pinhole photographs printed on to Acrylic with text. Each pinhole photograph depicted a ‘vista’ taken in the surrounding countryside, the text, however, was the latitude, longitude, date and time of the installation, the actual location of the panels. Each panel was suspended between two trees in the woodland area of the garden.
The work was shortlisted and then awarded the Trustees award for 2011
Malvern Spring Garden Festival 2012
I was commissioned to produce the artwork for the 2012 Plants and People arena at the Malvern Spring Garden Festival.
The artwork comprised of 4 huge pinhole screens 8 metres long and 3 metres high. The project allowed me to exploit the relationship between the pictorial and the physical to create, I hoped, a sense of being ‘in place’. Whilst a photograph can never fully translate an experience of place, the sheer size and immersive nature of the photographs in the arena aimed to suggest to the audience a sense of sitting within a woodland clearing or perhaps walking through beech woodland in dappled sunlight.
The work for the Malvern arena built on previous my previous site-specific pinhole installation work, shown in the recent projects section of my website.