Helen Pynor

Milk 1 (sweet pittosporum)
Milk 8 (banksia)
Liquid Ground 1 (detail)
Liquid Ground 2
Head Ache (detail)
Head Cold (detail)
Poisonous Sores (detail)

Milk 1 (sweet pittosporum), From Milk series, C-type photographic print face-mounted on glass, 100 x 66 cm, Edition of 5 + 1AP, 2008

Milk 8 (banksia), From Milk series, C-type photographic print face-mounted on glass, 100 x 66 cm, Edition of 5 + 1AP, 2008

Liquid Ground 1 (detail), From Liquid Ground series, C-type photographic print face-mounted on glass, 160 x 110 cm, Edition of 5 + 1AP, 2010

Liquid Ground 2, From Liquid Ground series, C-type photographic print face-mounted on glass, 160 x 110 cm, Edition of 5 + 1AP, 2010

Head Ache (detail), From red sea blue water series, C-type photographic print on Duratran, face-mounted on glass, 173 x 39 cm, Edition of 5 + 1AP, 2008

Head Cold (detail), From red sea blue water series, C-type photographic print on Duratran, face-mounted on glass, 173 x 39 cm, Edition of 5 + 1AP, 2007

Poisonous Sores (detail), From red sea blue water series, C-type photographic print on Duratran, face-mounted on glass, 173 x 39 cm, Edition of 5 + 1AP, 2007

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Head Ache (detail) thumbnail
Head Cold (detail) thumbnail
Poisonous Sores (detail) thumbnail

 

Helen Pynor gained a BSc (Hons) in Biology at Macquarie University majoring in cellular and molecular biology, a BVA at Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney majoring in photography, sculpture and installation, and a PhD at Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney. In her doctoral thesis, she sought the reconciliation of materialist understandings of the human body with understandings of the body as a culturally-constructed entity, a theme she continues to explore.

 

Pynor’s practice has included exhibitions, residencies and public art commissions in Australia, Europe and Asia. She has been the recipient of a number of prestigious national awards in Australia such as the 2009 RBS Emerging Artist Award and the 2008 Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award, and has recently been awarded a number of Australia Council for the Arts grants. Her work is held in public and corporate collections in Australia as well as private collections in Europe, Asia and Australia. Pynor is currently undertaking a major project exploring organ transplantation in collaboration with artist Peta Clancy.

 

Pynor draws extensively from the writings of scientists as well as philosophers of biology, in addition to working with scientists in both collaborative and consultative roles. Her practice is integrally tied to a questioning of the philosophical and material status of human and non-human organisms.

 

BREATH

Helen Pynor

5th May – 2nd July 2011

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