Helen Couchman

Current PhD - The concept of ‘The Gift’ in relation to the landscape and urban renewal

Helen_couchman_©_wang_jing_for_china_daily__beijing_small

The concept of ‘The Gift’ in relation to the landscape and urban renewal</b

I am interested in the reciprocity and exchange between inhabitants, developers, architects and governments who develop our environment and will certainly change our cities and thus our future society. Through my art practice (photography, print-making, drawing, installation) I am exploring the notions of an ideal way of negotiating how communities live. What communities have to let go of in order to move towards what is promised to be an improved future. I am interested by landscapes where the view is fast changing and in the reasons for and immediate outcome of such dramatic changes.

Currently I live in China witnessing the changes to massive urban sprawl that is the capital Beijing. As artist often working in ‘other’ places I continually re-consider what I bring with me as the view.

Links