Arts Council of Wales | Helen Sear

Helen Sear

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Helen SearHelen Sear’s photographic practice has developed from a Fine Art background of performance, film and installation work made in the 1980’s. Her photographs became widely known in the 1991 British Council exhibition, De-Composition: Constructed Photography in Britain, which premiered in Wales and toured Latin America and Eastern Europe.

She continues to explore ideas of vision, touch, and the re-presentation of the nature of experience, combining drawing, lens based media and digital technologies. Recent exhibitions include, We have The Mirrors, We have the Plans at Mostyn and Beyond the View at Klompching gallery in New York. Helen is currently Reader in Photography and Fine Art Practice at the University of Wales Newport.

The Project

Beyond The View (wild poppies): Helen Sear Relationships between nature and culture, mythology and technology have been at the forefront of Helen’s art practice over the last 25 years, as has the representation of landscape as a gendered experience. She has frequently used both the human and animal body in conjunction with, or standing for, both interior and exterior landscapes, some real and some imagined.

She will benefit from the Creative Wales Award by developing her photographic practice both as, and with, sculptural forms. Helen will be working with ideas concerning landscape, both views that change quickly and dramatically through land management, and a slower investigation of making a ‘portrait’ of a field over the period of a year. One investigation will be focused on the view, the other on the ground. She intends to expose what is hidden or overlooked and to make the ordinary extraordinary. Her recent past work explores what it feels like to be immersed inside a view and has used figures enmeshed within in the landscape. She now wants to concentrate on the landscape itself as a body. Helen will be working locally near her home in Raglan.

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