Helen Garbett

Helen is a Stourbridge based artist-researcher. Having graduated with an MA in Art and Social Practice at the University of the Highlands and Islands in 2020, she is currently undertaking a PhD in creative practice with the University of the Highlands and Islands, Shetland. Helen’s practice-led inquiry entitled The Human Limpet Project is concerned with the complex, enduring relationship between humans and limpets, those commonly encountered but largely overlooked sea snails that live on rocky shorelines.

The work on show here is part of a much larger body of work-in-progress collectively known as The Limpetarium. Developed over the past two and a half years, The Limpetarium is a contemporary wunderkammer or wonder-room which aims to illuminate the significance of relationship between humans, limpets, and the environment over time, and question the habitual ways by which we know the non-human world.

Influenced by philosophical approaches that explore human and non-human-relations and the agency of things other than human, Helen’s practice is interdisciplinary, combining drawing, painting, textiles, collection, assemblage, installation, and video.

It is not just humans that make things happen…

Patella I

Watercolour and pen and ink, 40cm x 30xm including frame, £180

The Human Limpet (II)

Felted wool adorned with found shells and handmade glass beads NFS

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