Helen Gilbart is interested in our interconnectedness across time and in this context her work focuses broadly on place, histories, memory and silence. She works mostly from direct engagement; be it a location, an object or event. Gilbart’s various residencies and commissions have enabled her to work in the UK and abroad using mainly paint, plus occasionally print and sculpture.
Gilbart’s awards include those for extended periods in the Mediterranean working directly within landscapes and their histories: a year residency in Cyprus and another for fifteen months in coastal Andalucia amongst them exploring specific locations. Other residencies include Artist in Residence in the Earth Sciences Department at the University of Cambridge between 1999 and 2006 working with Earth Scientists and from their outstanding palaeontological collections. In 2009 Gilbart was funded to work at the UNESCO Burgess Shale fossil beds in British Columbia as part of Darwin200. Since 2010 archaeological and historic themes have been paramount. In 2017 an extensive body of over 300 paintings formed a linear work ‘Into the Holloway’ that has been documented as a film. In this, and in a more recent project entitled Conversations, the hidden archive stored in specific landscapes and objects is explored.