photos and stories from the Powerhouse Museum
The photograph at the top was taken by our photographer Marinco whilst he was on location shooting for our Inter Lace series that is featured as part of our Love Lace exhibition. This is the work of artist Helen Pynor (pictured above) who created the work ‘Untitled (uterus urinary)’ out of human hair
Helen’s artist statement reveals:
In my work I explore the complex dialogues between biological and cultural processes. I’m interested in the registration and transmission of personal and cultural experience in the biological body, and importantly, in the active collaboration and participation of the biological in this process at cellular and physiological levels.
In my hair works I’ve knitted together single strands of human hair to form large and small-scale sculptures. These strands were grown by women in a distant country and are now twisted into complex forms by me, entangling bodies, time, memory and place.
The visceral nature of the works and the repetitive labour required to make them suggest to me the efforts and endurances of everyday living. However seen from a distance the works become transparent and ghost-like, entering other in-between spaces of past and present, flesh and memory, beauty and repulsion, living and dead.
Photography by Marinco Kojdanovski
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