Approved: 08.12.2009

Helen Saunders

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Approved: 08.12.2009

My focus is the changing environment, revealed in the constant flux between man and nature, old and new. Using photography to transform our everyday surroundings I document in-between spaces such as building yards and wasteland. Such places lack individual identity, and are often missed in our everyday lives, yet it is here where processes of change and landscape development are most visible. By digitally

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  • Location: Leicester, East Midlands
 

Biography

My focus is the changing environment, revealed in the constant flux between man and nature, old and new. Using photography to transform our everyday surroundings I document in-between spaces such as building yards and wasteland. Such places lack individual identity, and are often missed in our everyday lives, yet it is here where processes of change and landscape development are most visible. By digitally dissecting and re-constructing the landscape, I explores the history and shifts in that environment. The images are taken from viewpoints on the peripheries of urban life, often around old transport networks like railways and canals. Change often appears here due to the streamlining of industry and drive towards regeneration. In my chosen sites, new buildings sit alongside older architecture, which reveals how the identity of that area is changing. My digital methods reflect the act of painting a landscape, and are framed by historic references to the 19th century Romantic Movement. Painters such as John Martin and Caspar David Friedrich combined real elements from the natural environment with fantasy, which has become a template for the CGI landscapes within today’s visual culture. Their focus on the transformative effects of light on the natural environment conveys a sense of the sublime, something that is now present in our modern, post-industrial landscape.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 2008 - First Class BA Hons Fine Art, Loughborough University, Loughborough Solo exhibitions 2011 - Constructed Cities, Constructed Landscapes, LCB Depot, Leicester 2011 - Constructed Cities, Constructed Landscapes, Phoenix Square, Leicester 2011 - South Bank Art Centre, Bedford College, Bedford 2010 - Constructed Landscapes, Brass Gallery, Leeds Group exhibitions 2011 - Carto-Graph , Brass Gallery, Leeds 2010 - Lines Of Desire, Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, Powys 2009 - DLA Piper Award exhibition, Sarah Myerscough Gallery, London 2009 - New Realities, Sarah Myerscough Gallery, London Artist talks 2011 - Artist talk, Cardiff University, School of Architecture, Cardiff 2011 - Artist talk and course of photoshop workshops, Phoenix Square, Leicester 2011 - Artist talk and tutorials, Bedford College, Bedford 2009 - Artist Access to Arts Programme, Loughborough University, Loughborough Public commissions 2011 - Route Histories, Leicester City Council, leicester 2010 - Belgrave Mela collage, The Peepul Centre, Leicester 2010 - Leicester Art Walk, Leicester City Council, Leicester Corporate commissions 2008 - 'Loughborough Refocus' A large scale photomontage based on re-confiugring the landscape of Loughborough, Loughborough town hall, Loughborough Projects 2011 - Combine: Rural Life from an Urban Perspective, Junction Arts, Derbyshire 2010 - Vistas, Values, and Voices , Greenclose Studio, Lancashire 2008 - 'Refocus' Three group projects using paricipatory approaches to create photomontages, Stonebow school, Limehurst school, Loughborough Publications 2011 - Altered Images, Design Week 2011 - 'Edgelands' book cover illustration 2011 - Photo-Manipulation, Digital Photographer, Issue 110 2010 - 'Bleak Reflections' Design Week