Helen Kincaid


Helen Kincaid is drawn to images of objects, domestic to astrological, miniature and monumental, that have somehow outlived their purpose and are cast adrift. Crucially it is the photographic image that interests Kincaid – a photograph turns the present into the past, the “that has been” of photography.

Whether it is “poorly” photographed images of unwanted ornaments or images of vast fragments of abandoned disintegrating matter hurtling through space – they speak to Kincaid of a desire to hold onto something ephemeral at its very point of evanescence, echoed in her painting technique that emphasises the moment of both dissolution and emergence.

For Kincaid, the slow dissolve, the drift into invisibility, the moment of fracturing both physical and psychological connotes the “sublime terror” of being extinguished.