Helen Maurer - Re Composing

Mixed media installation. Courtesy the artist and Danielle Arnaud

Helen Maurer - Re Composing

Mixed media installation. Courtesy the artist and Danielle Arnaud

Helen Maurer - Re Composing

Mixed media installation. Courtesy the artist and Danielle Arnaud

Re Composing

Mixed media installation

Courtesy the artist and Danielle Arnaud

Like a batch of precious plants being grown in a benign environment, Re Composing is a group of mini-installations that have found a new habitat. The work is sited in one of the derelict gardener’s bothies where traces of now incomprehensible activities linger; troughs, buckets, carcasses of tools all contribute their own set of possibilities for the artist to use. Originally the bothies would have backed onto the glass hothouses of the Pineapple House and Maurer builds on the idea of creating conditions in glass that would allow for something to flourish and grow. Here, small plants are placed on an Over Head Projector, creating large-scale versions of themselves on the wall, as if grown by light and glass in an organic process.

Capability Brown created views to be appreciated from certain vantage points, often with secret pockets to discover. During his lifetime, status would have been measured by how many bedding plants were planted seasonally, this inspired the idea of using mirrors to create infinite flowerbeds that continue into the distance.

Like jewels thriving in a secret location, far from prying eyes, the installation beats with a life of its own. Maurer has created an alternative and precious pleasure garden that appeals to all the senses.

Maurer’s work is shaped by regular visits to charity shops, collecting old furniture, objects and glassware to include in installations that are transformed by light, movement and sound. Ideas are developed through experimentation, for example by projecting light through glass to create shadows.

Helen Maurer

Maurer originally studied Fine Art and Theatre before specialising in glass, with an MA from the Royal College of Art. She has exhibited internationally and often collaborates with other artists, choreographers and musicians.

Represented by Danielle Arnaud Contemporary Art in London.

www.helenmaurer.co.uk