Helen Sear

Central Library
Referencing the exotic fantasy world of the Brangwyn Panels, Helen Sear’s ‘Plantasia’ was photographed in Swansea’s tropical hothouse.
The proximity of Plantasia to the shopping complex provides both a contrast to and an extension of, the “dream of escape” described by Henri Rousseau when he visited the glass houses of Paris to study for his paintings of the jungle, and the closed eyes of Helen’s subjects allows them a space of private reverie amidst the forensic gaze of the camera.