Helen Pynor

Helen Pynor’s work explores philosophically and experientially ambiguous zones such as the life-death boundary and the inter-subjective nature of organ transplantation. Her practice spans large-scale installations through to small intimate works using photography, sculpture, video, wet biology, media art and performance.

Pynor has exhibited widely nationally and internationally, including at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts; National Centre for Contemporary Art, Russia; Science Gallery Dublin; Ars Electronica, Linz; ISEA2013, Sydney; Wellcome Collection, London; Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester; Centraal Museum, Utrecht; Powerhouse Museum, Sydney; Galerija Kapelica, Ljubljana; The Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney; Performance Space, Sydney; Royal Academy of Arts, London; and Leonardo Electronic Almanac, online. She has a forthcoming exhibition at FACT – Foundation for Art and Creative Technology in Liverpool UK 2016.

In 2012 Pynor’s collaborative work The Body is a Big Place was awarded an Honorary Mention at Prix Ars Electronica, Linz and she has been a recipient of national awards in Australia including the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award and the RBS Emerging Artist Award. Pynor’s work is informed by in-depth residencies in scientific and clinical institutions such as the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden where she was based for 5 months during 2015, The Heart and Lung Transplant Unit at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, and SymbioticA, University of Western Australia, Perth.

Pynor has completed a Bachelor of Science (1st Class Hons), a Bachelor of Visual Arts and a practice-based PhD. She is represented by Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney and GV Art gallery, London. 

Head Ache (detail)

Helen Pynor

2008

C-type photographic print on Duratran, face-mounted on glass

173 x 39 cm

Edition of 5 + 1AP

Image courtesy of the artist, GV Art gallery, London, and Dominik Mersch Galelry, Sydney 

The Body is a Big Place

Helen Pynor and Peta Clancy

2011

5-channel video projection, heart perfusion device and live performance, single-channel video on monitor, soundscape by Gail Priest.

Still from live pig heart performance, 21 Nov, 2011, Performance Space, Sydney.

Photo: Geordie Cargill

Image courtesy the artists

The Body is a Big Place

Helen Pynor and Peta Clancy

2011

5-channel video projection, heart perfusion device and live performance, single-channel video on monitor, soundscape by Gail Priest.

Video production still.

Photo: Chris Hamilton

Image courtesy the artists

Liquid Ground 1

Helen Pynor

2010

C-type photographic print face-mounted on glass

100 x 68 cm / 160 x 110 cm

Edition of 5 + 1AP / Edition of 5 + 1AP

Image courtesy of the artist, GV Art gallery, London, and Dominik Mersch Galelry, Sydney 

Milk 3 (bird’s nest fern)

Helen Pynor

2008

C-type photographic print face-mounted on glass

100 x 66 cm / 160 x 106 cm

Edition of 5 + 1AP / Edition of 3 + 1AP

Image courtesy of the artist, GV Art gallery, London, and Dominik Mersch Galelry, Sydney 

 

Helen Pynor wishes to thank the Dharawal Elders and people, and John Lennis, for information on Dharawal medicinal practices used in the Milk project.

The Body is a Big Place

Helen Pynor and Peta Clancy

2011

5-channel video projection, heart perfusion device and live performance, single-channel video on monitor, soundscape by Gail Priest.

Installation view, Performance Space, Sydney, Nov 2011

Photo: Geordie Cargill

Image courtesy the artists

The Body is a Big Place

Helen Pynor and Peta Clancy

2011

5-channel video projection, heart perfusion device and live performance, single-channel video on monitor, soundscape by Gail Priest.

Installation view, Performance Space, Sydney, Nov 2011

Photo: Peta Clancy and Helen Pynor

Image courtesy the artists

The End is a Distant Memory

Helen Pynor

2016

Video production still

Photo: Jürgen Jeibmann, Ronald Schemmel, Helen Pynor

Image courtesy the artist

The End is a Distant Memory

Helen Pynor

2016

Pigment print, framed   

80 x 120 cm

Edition of 5 + 1AP

Image courtesy the artist