Stills are thrilled to announce that the winner of the GreenRoom artist’s commission is Edinburgh based artist and photographer Helen Jones.
The commission was set up by Stills, in collaboration with PYRUS. Helen Jones will spend time developing work at PYRUS’s walled garden on the outskirts of Edinburgh whilst also having full access to Stills’ production facilities.
Graduating from Glasgow School of Art in 2016 Jones has continued to exhibit whilst working commercially. Most recently Jones exhibited at Street Level Photoworks in Glasgow showing her project In The Still as one of the winners of the Jill Todd Photographic Award. Jones uses photography and sculpture to explore themes of memory, loss and in particular decay. She is less concerned with creating a structured document instead opting to create a flow of photographic responses to a given experience. Recently exploring the boundaries of the photographic image and experimenting with the printed image on large pieces of cloth.
“When I was 7 my Dad marked out a small patch of garden for me and told me explicitly that now it was mine and I had to look after it well. His intention was to teach me responsibility and how to care for other things. Being 7, my enthusiasm waned and needless to say like the many hamsters, guinea pigs, bunnies and stick insects before, my parents became sole carer for the little patch of land. Eventually my little piece of earth was reclaimed by my father and reinstated itself in the whole garden again. Now that I am, significantly, older I understand what he was trying to teach me. The garden is a magical place. One that turns decay into new growth, sunlight into living things and welcomes a slower pace to life. It’s a gentle reminder that : things, take, time. This realisation has fuelled my passion for gardens and insects, especially Bees, ever since.” – Helen Jones
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