Helen Wood, Printmaking Technician based in Bradford School of Arts & Media and former MA Printmaking graduate, recently produced a subtle and illuminating installation at the Delius Arts & Cultural Centre, This and That, which was displayed from 16th February until 3rd March.
The show was curated by Shaeron Caton-Rose as the first of a series of events she has agreed to do at the Delius Centre this year. Shaeron enthused, “I think the whole show is very effective and striking. As well as prints, drawings and objects, I really love the film. Helen filmed her journey on the Free City Bus which passes the Delius Centre as part of her exploration of circuits. This was filmed in circular format and then projected.”
Helen explained “I wanted to do work that was site-specific, relating to the church/building in some way. I didn’t want it to clash with the church. The location of the building and its setting in the sharp bend of the road and the way the road curves round the building provided the focus for the work that developed.
The curve relates to the circle, the circle relates to the sphere, and expanding on this theme are cycles and circuits, for example, day/night, the earth turning, light and weather changing, basic and fundamental (yet incredible) phenomena; the regularity of the Free City Bus as it passes the church on its circuit of the city and the inevitability of the stream of cars and other vehicles that pass.
Another theme is recycling; with scrap metal and the re-use of household materials to create groups of objects; alluding to the maths, science and magic inherent in all this. The projection onto the ball was to be visually odd or unusual but it also needed something bigger to inhabit the space, hence the bigger projection onto the wall.”
Reflecting on Helen's work made viewers appreciate the stillness and tranquility of the building, as a sanctuary from the constant hustle and bustle of people and traffic outside. It also highlighted some of the fine architectural details of this beautiful space.
You can see images from This and That here
You can watch film footage below: