MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)2012
Artist StatementInspired by scientific insights into complex physical forces that shape landscapes, I explore the outdoors with my camera. I am attracted to uncommonly visited places, from the remote Antarctic and Arctic wilderness to the overgrown banks of an urban stream, looking for the visual traces that reveal how water and wind have moved through the space. I strive to convey the wonder and complexity of the natural world to others, hoping to motivate viewers to explore their environment and protect wild places. My study of earth science over the past several years heightened my awareness of the multiple factors shaping the land over time. In recognizing that complex patterns in nature express the particular physical forces at work, I became more attuned to the interplay between geology, climate, life forms, and human activity in a given location. That awareness informs how I select and compose my photographs. Some present sweeping views, others take a more abstract approach, zeroing in on evocative details. Some of the photographs are produced as archival prints. My sculptures of landscape forms are each generated from a series of still photographs taken on site from different angles and reconstructed as 3D scans by photogrammetry software. After further editing in 3D modeling software, the resulting digital files become the basis for hand-painted sculptures made with digital fabrication technologies — CNC routers or 3D printers. They provide the viewer a visceral experience of form and texture that differs from the flat image and fixed point of view delivered by a photographic print.
Helen Glazer is an artist based in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, producing photographs and photo-based sculptures that explore landscapes that are often overlooked or difficult to access, capturing how they are shaped by wind and water and illuminating the interacting forces affecting environments and ecosystems. A 2015 grantee of the National Science Foundation Antarctic Artists and Writers Program, she exhibited her Antarctica project in a 2017-18 solo show at Goucher College, Baltimore, Maryland, called "Walking in Antarctica," funded with project grants from the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance and Puffin Foundation; she is now seeking venues outside Baltimore to travel the show. Two photos from the project have been displayed at 7 x 10 feet at BWI Marshall Airport in 2017-18. Recent group shows include Site: Brooklyn Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, NY; the New York Hall of Science; Baltimore's Artscape festival; and the Delaware Museum of Art. In the last three years she has been interviewed for Vice Media's Creators Project and the Atlas Obscura websites, Adobe 99U Magazine, on Baltimore's NPR news station, in numerous Baltimore publications, and and featured in the Summer 2019 issue of the National Academy of Sciences print magazine, Issues in Science & Technology. Glazer was 2014-15 Baltimore Ecosystem Study artist-in-residence, a 2017 finalist for the $10,000 MD-DC-VA Trawick Prize, and 2012 recipient of an Individual Artist Award in photography from the Maryland State Arts Council. She had a solo show of her photographs at Nailya Alexander Gallery, New York, in 2012, and her sculptures were displayed at the US Embassy in Lima, Peru, as part of the State Department Art-in-Embassies Program in 2010-13. Her Antarctica documentation and papers will be housed at the Nevada Museum of Art in the Center for Art + Environment's archive of Antarctic art. She has a BA in Art cum laude from Yale University and an MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art.