Dr Helen Pynor is an Artist and Researcher whose practice explores philosophically and experientially ambiguous zones, such as the life-death boundary, the intersubjective nature of organ transplantation, and the animate-inanimate boundary in relation to prosthetics. Pynor works with living and ‘semi-living’ cells, organs and biomolecules such as DNA, and in a recent work her own surgically excised bone material. She works across photography, sculpture, installation, video, media art, microscopy and performance. Pynor frequently undertakes in-depth residencies in scientific and clinical institutions, including The Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden; The Francis Crick Institute, London; The Heart and Lung Transplant Unit, St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney; and most recently The South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute, Adelaide.
Pynor’s work has been exhibited widely nationally and internationally including at Experimenta ‘Life Forms’ International Triennial of Media Art, touring nationally in Australia 2021-2023; Beijing Media Art Biennale; FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), Liverpool UK; The National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts; Science Gallery Dublin; Science Gallery London; Powerhouse Museum MAAS, Sydney; and ISEA (International Symposium on Electronic Art). Pynor has received an Honorary Mention at Prix Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria, and national awards in Australia. She holds a PhD, a Bachelor of Visual Arts and a Bachelor of Science (1st Class Hons).