"BEYOND SIGHT is a multi-sensory exhibition in which visitors can explore the artworks through touch, sound, smell, sight and imagination (more details with images further below).
This interactive, immersive experience contemplates inclusion of the broadest audience by making my works meaningfully accessible to people of all ages and abilities with particular regard to people with low or no vision. The exhibition challenges the prevailing paradigm of inclusion by revealing that the experience of those with impairments is both valid and rich, then including other members of the audience in that appreciation. This not only levels the playing field for participation, it also reminds the whole audience of the benefit of using all of their available senses to understand their world.
My practice comprises sculptures and installations created principally from organic or salvaged materials and found objects, instilling thoughts and generating conversations about the built and natural environment as well as individual perceptions. BEYOND SIGHT is informed by my ambition to create non-prescriptive works to encourage the audience to interpret each piece through the lens of their respective individual biographies and imaginations. It is my goal to continue exploring new ways to build on this body of work and invite the audience to contribute content in form of documented thoughts, recorded voices and creative marks, that then becomes a part of the life of the exhibition."
Katrin Terton, January 2020
By Rick Eaves on Your Afternoon with Helen Shield,
ABC Radio Northern Tasmania
Interview at the Burnie Regional Gallery while BEYOND SIGHT was on display in October 2019.