And who they are fighting

On the viral draught board the pieces wage war with white blood cells, and one red blood cell to help.

 

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About

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The influence of 1960’s design is clear in my ceramic sculptures inspired by science and society.  I have exhibited this thought provoking and humorous work throughout the UK.  In 2014 I was selected as ceramic artist in residence at Liverpool Hope University after graduating with an MA in Ceramic Art & Design from the University of Central Lancashire.  My thesis on pubic art is displayed in both the National Gallery and the National Library of Australia.   I am a Director of  a community arts centre and gallery in Skelmersdale and am an Advocate for FACT Liverpool.

Before this…

2012 MA Merit in Ceramic Art & Design, UCLAN

2014/2015  AA2A Ceramics residency at Liverpool Hope University

2013 Place offered /PhD Ceramics MMU

2008 Design Crafts BTEC Level 3  Distinction

2005 Adult Literacy Learner Support Level 2

1980 BA Hons English Literature Cardiff University

 

The OUTBREAK games

The  games, some of which can be played with whilst others are looked at, allow visitors to interact with the viral forms and understand the vital role that white and red blood cells have in combating infection. 

OUTBREAK CHESS

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BAR BILLIARDS

Helen Birnbaum OUTBREAK 2 Billiards

GAME OF JACKS

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VIRAL DRAUGHTS

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NOUGHTS AND CROSSES

Helen Birnbaum Noughts & crosses 30cm x 30 cm OUTBREAK (2)

MICROBES IN JARS

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VIRUS TRIO

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MICROBE PICTURES

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The OUTBREAK games is an exhibition  of 12 ceramic sculptures inspired by the strange beauty of microscopic viruses.

OUTBREAK DRAUGHTS    Play a game of draughts, teaming up with White and red blood cells to battle with measles, herpes, flu and encephalitis

OUTBREAK CHESS    Look at the beautiful black, white and red ceramic AIDS, Hepatitis C, Avian Flu viruses and T.B. and see how they are attacked by white and red blood cell pawns.

ANIMATION     Watch a humorous cartoon describing the structure and function of viruses.

 

 

Exhibiting OUTBREAK and a new game

 

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I set up my first solo exhibition this week at the STEAM gallery in Wigan. I started making these works during my ceramic residency at Liverpool Hope University.

 

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A new game for OUTBREAK 

 I am making a new game for the OUTBREAK series.  This is Viral Draughts and is a chunky, substantial work intended to be played with. One side is white and red blood cells and the other a variety of interesting viruses:  Rubella, Encephalitis, Garia (the strange looking one with the metal tail) and the Common Cold.

 

 

 

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Clay zoo

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When I am not exploring the nightmare world of viruses and microbes I look to more familiar forms, but with their own interesting tales to tell. These animals, with their their female and male genitalia, tell of society’s elastic and ever changing sexual identities  and a story of confusion about our identity and place in the world.   

 

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I exhibited Clay zoo at FaB – Fringe Bath Festival between May and June 2017

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Contact and sales

If you would like to buy any of this work, organise an exhibition or workshops please get in contact with me by using the Contact form provided below.

MICROBE PICTURES

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