Helena Hunter blends languages of science with art, poetry and fiction to reimagine material agency and forms of ecological knowing. She works across text, film, performance and sculptural assemblage and has a Master’s in Fine Art from Slade School of Fine Art, University College London. Her current practice investigates the perceived ‘silence’ or ‘gap’ in forms of language and representation that occur within human-non-human relations. This has resulted in a series of artworks with minerals, algae and organisms in a range of settings: from environmental site-based work to natural historical museum collections to collaborations with scientists and technologists. Working primarily with methods of fictioning and performativity as critical, creative and speculative tools her work seeks to re-think cultural narratives in relation to objects, environments and forms of materiality.
Helena was awarded the Artquest 2018/19 research residency at the Horniman Museum and Gardens. Her poetic writing has been published in journals including MAI Journal of Feminism and Visual Culture, SomethingOther and in publications including Posthuman Ecologies edited by Rosi Braidotti and Simone Bignall and The Midden edited by Jenni Nurmenniemi and Tracey Warr. She has presented her work at Gasworks, ICA, Ambika P3, The Showroom, V22, The Silver Building, IMT Gallery, Barbican Art Gallery, [space], Art 13 Art Fair, Tate, Arts Catalyst, DAM Projects A_SPACE (London); Tramway (Glasgow), Manchester Art Gallery (Manchester), mima (Middlesbrough) HIAP Frontiers of Retreat (Helsinki), Dalane Festival of Culture (Norway), Jerome Zodo Contemporary (Milan), Bòlit Contemporary Arts Centre (Girona), Lydgalleriet (Bergen) OFF COURSE Art Fair (Brussels), ArtVerona Art Project Fair (Verona), City of Women Festival (Ljubljana).
Helena also works collaboratively under the name Matterlurgy with sound artist Mark Peter Wright. Their work intersects art, ecology, science and technology, and operates across multiple platforms including installation, performance and sound. Matterlurgy will be UK Artist Associates as part of the Delfina Foundation’s Art, Science and Technology programme 2019, their work has recently featured in Third Text and in the publication Remain by Ioana B. Jucan, Jussi Parikka and Rebecca Schneider, published by University of Minnesota Press, 2019.