Helen Mirra | the artist




The artist Helen Mirra
Born 1970, Rochester, New York.
Lives and works in Cambridge Massachusetts.

Style and technique of the artist: Installation art, Video,


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A consideration of violence and its reverberations, the structure of Arrow is analogous to that of a thunderstorm. In a darkened space, brief flashes of images are projected within a shifting sound field. Multiple recordings of Mirra’s guitar and bass guitar are layered to create a composition evocative of rain and thunder. The sound creates a context for the image to occur within, and the image in turn affects the sound…
The 17 works in Helen Mirra’s exhibition, ‘Map, Film, Record, Picture, Sculpture’ refer to each other in a dense network of allusions and translations. Mirra’s exquisite 16mm silent film A Map (1998) transforms the 52nd parallel into alternating watercolour washes of blue and green painted directly onto clear film stock…
Helen Mirra’s work occurs in varied scrap media. It is often referred to as poetic, and indeed Mirra engages quite directly in relation to poetry, but her interest is as much in the metrical as in the lyrical. This metricality, even percussiveness, inflects her work which is informed by anxieties related to the conflicting ecologies of the modern world. Within the various forms in which she operates, there is always a source material upon which decisions are made…
Helen Mirra’s work occurs in varied scrap media. It is often referred to as poetic, and indeed Mirra engages quite directly in relation to poetry, but her interest is as much in the metrical as in the lyrical. This metricality, even percussiveness, inflects work which is informed by anxieties related to the conflicting ecologies of the modern world. Within the various forms in which she operates, there is always a source material upon which decisions are made…


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