Helen Jones - Herchel's Garden
A recent graduate of the Glasgow School of Art, Helen Jones’ work uses photography, sculpture and sound to explore her surroundings. In April of this year she began a three week residency with Pyrus Botanicals in Edinburgh in conjunction with Stills Gallery in Edinburgh.
A slow, contemplative approach ensued, spending time in the garden reflecting on space and season. At this time of year plants are balanced on the cusp between decaying, breaking down into the earth, and the dry and desiccated remains full of seeds waiting for just the right conditions to burst into life.
Out of site earth warms, bulbs and seeds send shoots out and pollinating insects start to emerge. the trees are full of early buds and early blossom…
Cyanotypes were first made in the early 1840’s, the process itself is slow, taking a long time to complete an exposure in sunlight. The slow process reflects the pace of the growing garden, and the necessity of light and water. The large-scale cyanotypes are printed on Calico, a natural fibre. The prints are a combination pf photographs and debris taken from the walled garden.