Helen Barff works with found objects and materials such as felt, plaster, concrete, rubber or photographic surfaces, using processes such as wrapping, casting or other interventions in space and surface. She is interested in how materials are shaped by temporality, or how memory becomes embedded in matter. A sensitivity to touch is central to her practice.
Stick Forms features the insides of small pieces of stitched clothing cast onto bronze casts of found sticks. Barff’s processes anthropomorphises materials, creating bird-like Stick Forms.