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Helen Burgess

Helen
Burgess

Biography

Helen's practice is concerned with a phenomenological experience of space and place and how this can be translated through visual arts. She works with ceramics, paper, and site-specific pinhole photographic installations to explore our perception of space and place. 

Helen's current body of work uses vintage maps and guides to present sculptural geo-historic collections. The resulting artworks have been extensively researched and collected, bringing together elements of place; the small details merging past with present. They are revised geographies, inviting the viewer to consider their own interaction and experience of a place.

Walking has always been a central part of Helen's creative practice and an important element of the process by which she makes work. The path is an extension of walking...and 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 (Solnit, R 2002).

Formerly a teacher, Helen retrained as an artist graduating with a distinction in an 'MA by Project in Fine Art'. Helen is an associate graduate member of the research group LAND2.

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