Helen Mueller, 'Roots'

I have taken my cue for this project from the remnants of root architecture that I found at the base of upturned trees. On this occasion, it is the meanderings, rhythm and poetry of root systems that interest me more than biology or metaphor.

Art Exhibition previously on at MAY SPACE in Waterloo precinct, New South Wales, Australia.
From Wednesday 18 April 2018 to Saturday 12 May 2018

Helen Mueller, 'roots 1' 2017, layered woodblock prints on Pi Thin paper, wax, 9 panels, framed 38 x 28cm each, edition of 3  image

Published by MAY SPACE on Sunday 08 April 2018.
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In their fully functional form, roots reside in the shadows of the seen and known. It is only in their lifeless state, once the tree has been uprooted, that we get a glimpse of what might have been.

Through the woodblock carving and printing process, I have imagined something of the depth, complexity and mystery of a system elemental to a life. As a starting point for my matrix, I have used industrial grade and discarded timbers, ones that struggle to still show traces of the miracles of their origin. It is in searching out those traces that I find hidden and unexpected form.


409b George Street Waterloo NSW Australia 2017