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Helen Mac Mahon is a Dublin based artist working primarily with sculpture, installation and photography.
The work is the result of a fascination with the phenomena of light, movement, perception and space. It endeavours to observe and reveal the artificial ecosystem that exists between the viewer and these intangible elements: existing in a perpetual state of transformation, changes occurring in one has a perceptible impact on the others often revealing previously overlooked properties and characteristics.
Many of the works are experimental in nature, and this exploratory process is as important as the finished piece, the unpredictability of the techniques often being key to discovery. Commonplace materials are used, such as light, glass, and lenses that have the potential to act in surprising ways, distorting and obscuring the very things it is their function to reveal. Each component acts as a catalyst, bringing to light unseen potential in the simplest of materials. Maintaining the integrity of the materials is also important, so the viewer might experience the everyday objects in new and often unexpected ways.