INSIDE the view


Inside The View is a collection of photographs, wherein Helen Sear addresses the notion of work, labor of the hand and time in the process of image making. Sear also contributes to the long history of montage by superimposing two images—one a portrait of a woman and the other a landscape.Each image is then erased through a complex and painstaking process of digital drawing, with a lace-like network of lines based upon the patterns of sewing or hand woven lace making.

The result is a wonderful play on vision, whereby the figure and ground appear and disappear with the resulting lines of erasure. In many ways, the lines of erasure are the image; they form a veil to look at and to look through. Amongst other things, Sear is intrigued with the viewer's habits of looking, and in this context she views the photographic medium as not fixed or entirely knowable.


13.25'' x 13.25'' image | 15.75'' x 15.75'' sheet