The Listening Booth presents...

Helen Shaddock

Harder, Faster, Better, Stronger
2m27s ; 2016

Shaddock’s work alludes to the complex struggle to achieve a level of equilibrium and

balance in present-day society. It is rooted in contemporary experience in both an emotional

(feelings and thoughts) and physical (materials and situations) sense. She embraces a

diverse range of processes, techniques and materials. Shaddock engages in an intuitive

process of discovery and playful investigation of ‘stuff’. She performs acts of transformation

whereby found materials are appropriated, re-appointed with new purposes, and sometimes

combined with wholly handmade elements. This can also include working in response to

‘found’ sites or situations, be that within a gallery-based or a non-art context.

Vital questions, collisions and challenges within the work are: the potential of contradiction in

which, for example, repulsion and attraction can co-exist; the transformative process; the

notion of play; the inclusion of pre-existing and unfamiliar objects; the role of colour and

variations of scale. Formal qualities such as balance, composition and rhythm help to form

connections and conversations between individual works within the space they inhabit.

The work can be experienced through headphones and speakers.