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.