2 October - 31 October 2015
The Portico Library & Gallery,
57 Mosley Street (Entrance on Charlotte Street)
Tel: 0161 236 6785
Incorporating themes relating to apocalypse, health, science and landscape and encompassing drawing, sculpture, photography and painting, Helen’s work for this exhibition is informed by ideas of experimentation, exploration and discovery in the two-hundred-year-old library’s collection.
Her sculptures utilise natural forces within their creation and explore the potential for change over time. Her work frequently draws parallels with nature on both a macro and micro scale, referring to elements of the sublime and for this exhibition also connects to a sense of history, preservation and restoration sensitive to the Portico’s environment and collection.
Working with both modern and historic technology her work encompasses a wide range of techniques, such as hand-made paints, silverpoint, darkroom photo processing as well as glass blowing.
“Enquiry, experimentation and reflection are key components of my practice and are concepts which I feel are embodied by the Portico Library's extensive nineteenth century collection. With works by authors such as Faraday, Kant, Nasmyth and Dante, the diverse subject matter encompassed in this historic building has been highly inspirational to me.”
Helen Wheeler won the 2013 NADFAS North West Bursary Award for Fine Art and was also the recipient of the Leonard James Little Fine Art Prize.
The Portico Library is a historic subscription library in Manchester city centre. Visitors can view our opening hours and find out more on our website: www.theportico.org.uk