Helen Sargeant has developed a collaborative practice alongside her family with the aim of widening the representation of work related to the maternal subject. Her work is autobiographical, it involves, researching, exploring, capturing and recording the complexity of emotions she feels and her experiences of mothering two children. Helen collects, collates, draws, writes, paints, performs, takes photographs, makes films, sound pieces and installations. Alongside developing her own practice, Helen has been active in raising awareness of maternal subjectivity in art, and has developed several projects between 2012 and 2017. Helen's projects include MeWe
Helen's work has been exhibited throughout th UK and she has recently undertaken two residency projects with her youngest son. In September 2016, she took part in M(other) & Son an Arts Council funded residency to Tampere, Finland supported by We Are Resident and in August 2017 they collaborated again on PLAY AWAY a crowd funded artists residency at The Mothership in Dorset, exploring the relationship between playing, caring and working. Helen's recent body of work The Pregnant Archive, is a collaboration between a team of
an arts collective and peer support group set up in 2012together with Mo Brown, The Egg The Womb The Head and The Moon; an on-line interdisciplinary arts project about the maternal, which lasted 42 weeks to mirror the duration of a pregnancy, and M(other) Stories; a year long autobiographical project from 2014-15 about her experiences of mothering, with a focus upon temporality, and labour. In October 2015, Helen presented M(other) Stories at the Motherhood and Creative Practices Conference, at the South Bank University, London and her work was shown as part of Project Afterbirth at The White Moose Galley, Devon.
historians and artists. As part of this project Helendelivered a talk about The Pregnant Body and Materiality at The Pregnant Archive Symposium, Birkbeck Univeristy, London. Throughout 2018 she will be continuing to develop and seek funding for a project based on Predictor, the first home pregnancy testing kit designed by Meg Crane in collaboration with The Wellcome Institute Fellow Jesse Olszynko-Gryn who is currently based at Cambridge University.