Helen Earl holds a Master of Visual Arts from Sydney College of the Arts. Helen’s practice combines ceramics with found, existent objects. The intention of her art making practice is to explore narratives of connection between everyday lived experience and natural environments. Her poetic responses to natural environments are shaped by both immersion and observations of place and by cultural, historic and scientific research.
In 2019, Helen was commissioned by the Sisters of Mercy Brisbane to create “Short Careful Steps” a site responsive installation of intricately detailed porcelain flowers in Mary Cecilia’s Room in the historic Adderton: House of Heart & Mercy in Brisbane.
Helen was a selected finalist in both the 2019 National Still Life Award at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery and the Rookwood Sculpture Prize receiving judges’ commendations in both finalists exhibitions. In 2018, Helen’s work was selected for the ADC’s touring exhibition, Clay Intersections and the North Head Project exhibition at Manly Art Gallery & Museum. She was the 2011 Artist in Residence at The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and a 2013 recipient of a Bathurst Regional Art Gallery residency at Hill End, NSW.
Helen has taught in Primary and Secondary schools, and lectured in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at UTS.
Helen Earle : The Fossicker's Repose, 2020 | Porcelain, stoneware & terracotta clay, casuarina wood, copper wire, 52 x 150 cm
Finalist, 2020 Pro Hart Outback Art Prize
Under the starry night sky the fossicker sips a hot drink and pokes the fire to get warm. The day had been hot, the flies a constant presence. Since daybreak his pick had methodically chipped away and was clogged with the red earth of his labours. He stretched languorously observing a feather of an eagle spiral into the culvert. Time waited, the rope in hand a reminder to haul another bucket of rock.
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