Helen Sear


Published January 2012
Essays by Jonathan P. Watts
160 x 220 mm
64 pages printed duotone
Hardback, silkscreened and foil stamped cloth
ISBN 978-0-9574272-2-8

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The monochrome, often pixelated images of woodlands in the book are sourced from the internet following a Google image search for the phrase ‘tree surgeon’. Each image features a placed orb which sometimes covers half of the picture surface. These spheres or distended egg-shapes appear arbitrarily placed but are delicately balanced in stripped ‘tree crowns’ through careful and deliberate positioning by the artist. Many of the images show ropes and ladders trailing inside the orbs as clues to their origin and hinting at the obscured figure.

The project began when Sear started to collect branches and twigs from Cuckoo Wood, close to her home in Wales. The title is a nod to the French Surrealist writer and ethnographer Michel Leirisâ’s 1966 work of the same name.

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