Helen Eberhardie Dunn MFA Royal College of Art, Associate Royal Society of Sculptors
Helen's creative practice spans 30 years. From the classical to the purely conceptual, lyrical to discordant, and always deeply personal, Helen’s work documents her experiments in manipulating conscious and physical awareness. Her artistic practice is ecologically driven and subversive as it counters events currently constricting the expansion of human consciousness and compassion. She has 2D and 3D work in both public and private collections.
Helen graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1997, she is currently a member of the Royal Society of Sculptors based in London, UK. Recipient of international honors and awards, the 2004 Bursary from the Arts Council of Great Britain awarded for her traveling installation ’108 Crystal Lotuses’, brought her to Colorado where the installation was featured at the UCCS Gallery of Contemporary Art, [GOCA] She was subsequently awarded a year-long Fellowship at the University of Colorado's Heller Center and now lives in Pueblo.
Helen is primarily an installation and performance artist who uses film and sound to explore haptic awareness. Digital media in combination with sound, performance, object making, and drawing are used to identify threads of working practice. Helen is also an accomplished classical sculptor who trained at Wimbledon School of Art in London. As a student of Helen Chadwick at the RCA, she started explorations combining carefully crafted and found objects within an installation and performative context culminating in the series of performances ‘Tanjoki/Treebirth’ which took place in both Kyoto, Japan, and various locations in the UK.
Over the years Helen has completed a series of private and public commissions in both stone and bronze before returning to more conceptual and digital approaches to manipulating time, space, and material. Recent works include, ‘Bone Chimes/Body Fragments’ involving sound flows, vitrified porcelain, animal hair, silk, and film projection as a moving light source, ‘Interruptions, and Interventionist Landscape’ reflecting moments in time by the river, ‘Slow Videos’ which are made with the intent to develop feelings of unease in the viewer in order to detach expectations and upcoming project 'The Dry' an interactive, community involved public work exploring and exposing emotions in relation to severe drought and a changing environment.
1994 - 1996
Royal College of Art MFA
1991 - 1994
Wimbledon School of Art BFA
Selected Awards /Residencies/ Fellowships/ Honors/ Affiliations
2018 - present
2015 - present
2001 - 2005
2003 - present
Residency, Think 360, Penrose Elementary School
Grant Award - Exo-Sanctuaries
Rough Ruby Arts Collective: http://www.roughrubyartscollective.com/
Grant Award - Pikes Peak Arts Council - Dartmoor Arts
Think 360 Arts, Denver, CO https://think360arts.org/artists/hellen-eberhardie-dunn/
Residency, Colorado Springs School, Colorado Springs, CO.
Residency, Green Box Arts, Green Mountain Falls, CO
Fellowship, Heller Center For The Arts And Humanities, U.C.C.S., CO.
Grant Award - BluePrints Project
Grant Awards - Park City Arts Council for public commissions
Grant Award – Arts Council of Great Britain - UCCS Residency
Residency, Heller Center For The Arts And Humanities, U.C.C.S., CO.
Royal Society of Sculptors, MRSS https://sculptors.org.uk/artists/helen-dunn
Scholarship - Royal College of Art -Ray Finnis Exchange to Kyoto Gaidai, Japan
Grant Award - Prince’s Youth Business Trust - Solo Exhibition, Elementals
Selected Solo Exhibitions / Performances
'Extinction List', as part of 'Truth' at BloBack Gallery, Pueblo. supporting artists: Matte Refic and Julie Kim
'Dakinis', paintings at BloBack Big BLO, Pueblo, CO
'Cocoon', performance at PPCC Gallery, Colorado Springs, CO
‘Secret Body, Secret Self’, Manitou Arts Center, solo invitational exhibit of sculpture and painting
‘108 Crystal Lotuses, A Prayer for Peace’, International Touring Installation funded by The Arts Council of Great Britain and put together during UCCS residency. This interactive installation was set up and filmed at five locations in the US and UK including GOCA at UCCS, New Hall College, Cambridge and The Art Garage, Fenstanton
‘Sound Mandala’, installation and performance at the Royal College of Art, with
accompanying sound album
‘Tanjoki/Treebirth performance cycle’, Kyoto Gaidai -Japan, RCA -London, Protest Site -Newbury Bypass,, The Fridge- London
‘Chakra Experiment’, Plunge Club, Brixton, London. Tanjoki/Treebirth performance
‘Hold Me’, solo performance, Newbury Bypass Protest Site, Tanjoki/Treebirth
‘Cow Prayer’, The Fridge, Brixton, London. Tanjoki/Treebirth performance cycle
‘Bunny’s Last Trip’, Tanjoki/ Treebirth Cyclle, Hyde Park London, filmed by the BBC
‘Prayer for Happiness’, Kyoto Gaidai Gallery, Kyoto, Japan. Tanjoki/Treebirth
‘Elementals’, Crispen Hall, Street, Somerset also curated in London by Dorota Rychlik
Selected Group Exhibitions / Performances
'ExoSanctuaries', Sangre De Cristo Arts Center, Pueblo CO
'Breath of My Bones', BloBack Gallery, Pueblo, CO
‘Bone Chimes’, Faculty Exhibition, PPCC, Colorado Springs, CO
‘Sand and Ice’, Slow Video, Armory Week, New York
’Secret Self’ Broughton House Gallery, Cambridge
‘I Love You More..’, Teach Me, Show Me, Faculty Exhibit, GOCA, UCCS, Colorado Springs, CO
‘End of Night’, ’AKA’, Faculty Exhibit, GOCA, UCCS
‘BluePrints Project’, FAC Modern Gallery, Colorado Springs, CO
‘Tantric Heart’, The Collection of Women's Art, New Hall College, Cambridge, U.K.
‘Chod’ installation, Cooltan Arts, Brixton, London also shown in Cannizaro Park,
2000 - 2002
‘Calyx’, carved polar jade, and cast bronze cement blocks, Kimball Arts Center, Park City, Utah
‘Flamebird’, bronze, granite, Swaner Nature Preserve, Park City, Utah
‘Wing’, bronze, sandstone , Canyons Resort, Park City, Utah
‘Snow Spirit’, National Abilities Center, Park City, Utah, USA
Selected Private Collections/ Commissions
Secret Self, Acrylic painting Series, ’Lilith’, cast bronze- single edition, ’Bee Head’, cast bronze - single edition, 'River Heads Series’, carved limestone, ’Goddess Marble’, carved marble, ‘Vesta’, carved limestone