Helen Cammock is attentive to voice, in all its literal, physical and metaphorical dimensions. Through moving image, poetry, print, installation and performance she investigates its individual and collective use, and considers what it means to have one’s voice amplified, marginalised or silenced. Her work often emerges from writing: she interweaves her own words with those of other writers, philosophers and musicians. In her elegiac film Changing Room (2014) and multimedia installation, Changing Room II (2021) a reflection on her late father, an art teacher and amateur ceramicist, Cammock asks questions about identity, value and artistry – not least about who gets to be considered a ‘professional’ artist, and why.
Helen Cammock (born 1970, Staffordshire) lives and works in London. Cammock studied at University of Brighton and the Royal College of Art, London.
Changing Room II (Video Work, Ceramic Installation and Banner) (2021). Ceramic installation and banner commissioned by Hayward Gallery Touring and Wolverhampton Art Gallery for British Art Show 9 and made possible with Art Fund support.
What I’m interested in is the voice – what it means to have a voice, to use your voice and to hear other people’s voices; what the voice is physically, emotionally and also politically. I’m interested in the voice as author, as witness, as conduit, as ventriloquist.
– Helen Cammock