Helen McGhie


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Coma
2016 - present

Coma explores an idea of the ‘unthinkable’.

At the age of 28, I discovered that my father had been living a double life for many years. When abruptly leaving my mother, I was devastated to discover how his secret life revolved around an unhealthy obsession with women. We have barely spoken since. As an attempt to understand his actions, I looked for answers his archived 1970’s ‘Sight and Sound’ film magazines, which he collected in his youth and gifted to me in mine. Looking at the collection of (often melancholic) images of women in this collection, where science-fiction shapes bodies as possessed or technologically-mediated, I wonder how these images may have impacted his later behaviour towards my mother. Though portraiture and still life, my work presents characteristics of the horrific ‘unthinkable’ in films of the time.

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