Helen Mac Mahon
Dublin School of Creative Arts
The work presented here is the result of an ongoing series of investigations into a number of overlapping areas of interest. They spring from my observations of materials and natural laws, and focus primarily on the areas of light space perception and optics. Some of the pieces work with the spaces in which they are installed, creating particular atmospheres and playing with the viewer’s sense of that space. Others are optical devices that are activated by the viewer, and their movement around the pieces once again playing with and disrupting how the surrounding space is perceived. The interaction of the viewer with the work is an essential part of the work, and their curiosity and willingness to spend time with the pieces reveals everyday phenomena in new and surprising ways.