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Arts at Dalby – Wahaha Biota by Helen Sear

Helen Sear‘If the trees in the forest could utter vibrations absorbed over time, they might resemble the sound track for Wahaha Biota‘ – Helen Sear

Renowned international artist Helen Sear is Dalby’s first ever artist in residence, as part of our developing arts programme.

Over the past year, Helen has worked on a new video and sound work commissioned in partnership with Crescent Arts  as part of Forest Art Works. Wahaha Biota will launch on Saturday 5 May 2018 and the exhibition will run until Sunday 10 June for public viewing.

Helen’s work explores the crossover between photography and fine art, and her focus on the co-existence of the human, animal, and natural worlds. Her work challenges accepted notions of photography as a documentary and creative medium. ‘Biota’ is the animal and plant life of a particular region, habitat, or geological period. 

From the planting of trees to their processing in the saw mill, Helen followed and filmed the management of the forest environment, combining the industry of wood production with leisure activities. 

Helen also led a sound workshop here, resulting in a ‘dawn chorus of human voices set in a forest clearing’. Calls and whispers mingle with birdsong and barking deer to create a lyrical cycle of intense sound and imagery that explores our relationship with the forest. 

A selection of Helen’s work produced for the 2015 Venice Biennale will also provide a strong focus of the exhibitions at Dalby Forest, Ryedale Folk Museum and Crescent Arts in Scarborough in May 2018.

Wahaha Biota, Video Still, Helen Sear









Last updated: 3rd July 2018

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