Artist/ Helen McGhie

London, United Kingdom

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Helen McGhie

Helen McGhie

Fine Art Photography / Teaching / Commissions

introduction

My practice investigates interiority and the photographic gaze through the still and moving image. It considers how identity might be represented in relation to the notion of the Gothic, where 'haunted spaces' are affected by a past that disrupts the present. Images of the female protagonist, skin, dust, abandoned domestic rooms and discarded objects, establish fictitious documentaries. Grouping of images suggest a sense of fearful enchantment where flashlight illuminates darkness, and darkened rooms promise security.

The project '(M)other' (images on Noise portfolio) explores an analogy between the body of the Mother, the figure of the 'Monstrous Female' and the interior of a worn English house. Here, photographs of sun-drenched wallpaper and spider webs alongside the visceral surface of the ageing female body become subjects of fascination. The physical security of home is called into question, where leaking ceilings and darkened corners suggest the embodiment of an un-named or unknowable fear. Imperfections in shadowy vein riddled skin present the maternal body as being at once haunted and as the site of nurture. Photographs have been recently included in Show RCA 2014, Royal College of Art (London), Penumbra, APT Gallery (Deptford) and I was recently awarded winner of The Worshipful Company of Painters-Stainers prize.

What's Happening

Noise Achievement

10/07/2014 - 11/09/2014

Winner: Elaine Constantine's Curator's Choice

Recommendations:

ELAINE CONSTANTINE POSTED ON 22 AUG 2014 CRADLE "Decay, decline, death: things we would all rather not have to engage with but which impose themselves on us all in the end - gently summed up in Helen's interior and still life. Most photographers would have overlooked the cobwebs and dead flies for somthing more obvious."

awards_experience

Winner: The Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers Prize for Photography

Where from:

Royal College of Art (from City and Livery)

I was selected as winner by artist Tom Hunter

Employment

08/26/2013 - Present

Richmond, The American International University in London

Location:

London

As part of the role, I have organised and ran a number of Colour Photography darkroom workshops. I have supervised independent study and will be running a Foundation in Photography module in the Spring term.

Mother installation shot Show RCA 2014
Passage
Friction
Bush
Creak
CircuitOutstanding
MouthOutstanding
Damp
SheOutstanding

Showcase

Identity Crisis

Location:

Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston

Summer 2012. Solo show.

Showcase

A Sense of Things

Location:

Hockney Gallery, London

March 2014. 

Education / Qualifications

09/01/2006 - 07/30/2009

University of Sunderland

Qualification:

BA (Hons) Photography, Video & Digital Imaging, 1st class

Location:

Sunderland

Dream Job

Artist

Work Availability

Available for

Part-Time, Freelance, Commission / One-off