helen pynor: liquid ground helen pynor: liquid ground
jun 30, 2011

helen pynor: liquid ground

‘breath’ by helen pynor GV art gallery, london, UK on now until july 2nd, 2011

‘liquid ground’ by helen pynor all images courtesy helen pynor and GV art gallery (above) ‘liquid ground 1’ c-type photographic print, face mounted on glass 160 x 110 cm image © helen pynor

conceived from her research into the numerous recorded cases of accidental drowning in london’s thames river, australian artist helen pynor has created ‘liquid ground’, a series of large-scale photographs which capture various water-buoyed garments expelling human organs from within its floating form. simultaneously haunting and surreal, the unexpected injection of internal organs into an otherwise dreamy underwater scene results in a collection of images that is arresting in both a visual and visceral manner.

pynor explores new ways in which we can relate to our body’s makeup by rejecting the celebration of gore and horror but drawing from both personal and cultural stories. utilizing phantom forms, the notion of the human body is approached in a highly sensitive and emotional manner despite the morbidity of the subject matter.

detail image © helen pynor

‘liquid ground 2’ c-type photographic print, face mounted on glass 160 x 110 cm image © helen pynor

detail image © helen pynor

‘liquid ground 3’ c-type photographic print, face mounted on glass 160 x 110 cm image © helen pynor

‘liquid ground 6’ c-type photographic print, face mounted on glass 160 x 110 cm image © helen pynor

detail image © helen pynor

‘liquid ground 4’ c-type photographic print, face mounted on glass 160 x 110 cm image © helen pynor

  • Amazing and Interesting

    lucopolo says:
  • refreshingly dark

    w hash says:
  • good.

    Darija S.H. says:
  • good idea

    pelis80 says:
  • disgusting

    nltc2009 says:
  • disgusting but beautiful!

    relena says:
  • okay. So this is hauntingly successful. However, I wish I hadn’t read the artist statement. It’s like there is this perpetual trend to say you don’t want to do something and then produce work that is just that. Why does it have to be about the drowning victims in the Thames? So someone loses their life and we make art out of it? If that is the case, then why don’t you just put images of the real bodies? Too disgusting? Well, that is sort is accomplished by attributing this project’s inspirational source to someone’s personal tragedy. Aside from that . . . nice work. So are these garments submerged in the water? how were they lit?

    mstndvn says:
  • The project’s inspiration was born from her research into the drownings; I don’t necessarily think she was making art directly out of that. It’s more about the representation of the human body that is new and interesting IMO.

    jacky says:

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