Helen Sear works predominantly in photography, building on her fine art background in performance, film and installation.
She often uses digital techniques to create works with a magic realist quality. She is interested in our sensory experience of the world, making particular reference to the human and animal body, and her immediate environment in rural Wales and France. Her works often portray a deep rooted connection to nature, and flora and fauna are treated with equal status to human subjects.
Sear became widely known for her photographic work following the 1991 British Council exhibition, De-Composition: Constructed Photography in Britain. In 2011, she won joint first prize for visual art at the National Eisteddfod in Wales. In 2015, she was selected to represent Wales at the 56th Venice Biennale.