My work alludes to the complex struggle to achieve a level of equilibrium and balance in present-day society. It is rooted in contemporary experience in both an emotional (feelings and thoughts) and physical (materials and situations) sense. I enjoy embracing a diverse range of processes, techniques and materials. This variety maintains my engagement in an intuitive process of discovery and playful investigation of ‘stuff’; acts of transformation whereby found materials are appropriated, re-appointed with new purposes, and sometimes combined with wholly handmade elements. This can also include working in response to ‘found’ sites or situations, be that within a gallery-based or a non-art context.
Vital questions, collisions and challenges within the work are: the potential of contradiction in which, for example, repulsion and attraction can co-exist; the transformative process; the notion of play; the inclusion of pre-existing and unfamiliar objects; the role of colour and variations of scale. Formal qualities such as balance, composition and rhythm help to form connections and conversations between individual works within the space they inhabit.
Helen Shaddock graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in 2008 with a First Class Honours Degree in Fine Art: Sculpture and Environmental Art. Shaddock regularly exhibits work in both solo and group exhibitions, has been involved in exhibitions nationally and internationally, has taken part in a number of residencies, has gained funding grants from a range of sources and her work is in a number of public and private collections. Shaddock has been awarded with a Graduate Studio at The NewBridge Project, which will commence in September 2016.
Recent exhibitions include:
- TRIGGER (2016), a site responsive sound installation at Kielder Water and Forest Park;
- Funnelvision (2016), a performance as part of Circus between Worlds, a project by Zoe Walker and Neil Bromwich at Glasgow International, Gi2016;
- A Third Exhibit (2015), a commissioned collaborative installation for the Hatton Gallery, Newcastle as part of The Late Shows;
- Slipstream (2015), a durational performance as part of DRAFTING at BALTIC 39, Newcastle.