Helen Couchman (UK) has exhibited widely, both in the United Kingdom and internationally frequently producing new bodies of work during residencies. Residencies include periods at Cyprus College of Art (2003) and Vermont Studio Center (2005). In 2006 Couchman accepted an invitation to work in China, a first trip of many to the country, which culminated in a solo show, Gift, at the Dashanzi International Art Festival (DIAF 2006) in Beijing.
Couchman published her first book, WORKERS 工人, (2008). This project has been exhibited in London and in Hong Kong and will be shown, for the first time in Beijing in April 2012. It takes the form of a series of portraits of the men and women who laboured to build the Olympic park for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Couchman’s second book, Mrs. West’s Hats (2009) consists of sixty self-portraits, its title referring to Couchman’s maternal grandmother, whose splendidly eccentric collection of hats Couchman wears in the photographs. The piece touches upon themes representation fashion identity and historical or generational transmission.
More recently Couchman has produced new works including Untitled (Collecting and Dropping) (2009) Cloud series, Yellow lining (2010) and In Beijing (2011). These works all in different ways address in part her negotiations with the city of Beijing where she has now worked for six and a half years.
Helen Couchman continues to work in Beijing and London. She is currently working for a five month period in New York City.