Brisees / Helen Sear
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£20 / €25 / $40

Limited edition of 500 copies
160 x 220mm
64 pages printed duotone
Hardback – silkscreened and foil stamped cloth
Essays by Jonathan P. Watts
ISBN 978-0-9574272-2-8

Brisées (from the French for broken branches) is a publication by renowned British artist Helen Sear published by GOST books to coincide with her exhibition Lure at the Oriel Davies Gallery 2 February – 17 April 2013.

The monochrome, often pixelated images of woodlands in the book are sourced from the internet following a Google image search for the word ‘tree surgeon’. Each image features a placed orb which sometimes covers half of the picture surface. These spheres or distended egg-shapes appear arbitrarily placed but are delicately balanced in stripped ‘tree crowns’ through careful and deliberate positioning by the artist. Many of the images show ropes and ladders trailing inside the orbs as clues to their origin and hinting at the obscured figure.

Sear says, ‘Brisées, form part of an enduring multi-media exploration of both the human and animal body, and their relationships with landscape. Figures, photographed in the act of cutting, are themselves consumed by their surrounding environments. Sourced from the Internet, and digitally manipulated, tensions between exterior and interior and vision and touch, are explored in an attempt to bring the viewing body back into the act of looking.

The project began when Sear started to collect branches and twigs from Cuckoo Wood, close to her home in Wales. The title is a nod to the French Surrealist writer and ethnographer Michel Leiris’s 1966 work of the same name.