Helen Biles’ current research is centered predominantly around themes related to the landscape. Her ideas are presented and communicated through installations, prints, photographs and video. Whether it is through an installation or a simple two dimensional print, she offers the viewer a chance to reflect n the effect that contemporary trends, actions and movements have on communities and the land on which they live. Helen’s interest in global landscapes drives her to travel extensively and experience many places. By immersing herself in different environments, she researches themes within the local setting, giving her work a strong connection to a particular place and culture.
One of her frequently practiced techniques is to use iron rusted objects, found locally, and print images onto cloth using a rust printing technique. This work is made into installations which communicate her ideas. The rust element in her work speaks to a past that is fading. The properties in rust eventually breakdown, degrade and disappear over time. Rust communicates a sense of something that was once there but will, over time, no longer exist in its original form; it records the history and memory of a place.
Helen holds a Master’s degree in Art from the UNSW College of Fine Art (COFA), majoring in painting. To date, Helen has had 5 solo exhibitions, 12 group shows and has recently been involved in two international artist residency programs. In June 2015, Helen undertook the Traidhos artist residency in Mae Rim, Thailand. Her research focused on the ‘slash and burn’ agriculture tradition which is used in local ethnic hill tribe communities. In the installation ‘rice paddies’, she explored and communicated ideas relating to this subject.
In September 2014, Helen was the resident artist of i:cat gallery, Vientiane, Laos; exhibiting a show entitled “A Memory of Loss” within the local arts community. Living in Laos for 2 years enabled her to introduce new local elements into her work; working alongside and learning from traditional textile artist as part of the county’s longstanding craft tradition.
All prints are available in a variety of sizes. Prints of originals are also available upon request. For enquiries, please contact dot-art on 0345 0176660. All prints are limited editions of 30, mounted and signed.
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