As a lone traveller, the English artist Helen Couchman arrived in Beijing via Moscow on the Trans-Mongolian railway in 2006. She arrived into a city that was as familiar to her as it was foreign. Taking a small flat near Gulou, she has since made Beijing her home, making work in her flat and using studios around Beijing and in the UK as needs must. In the spirit of the flaneur, Couchman often finds herself walking through Beijing at night, lost in the city that found her. Couchman sent us the following photographic essay from Beijing, arranged “as I would pin images up on my studio wall as I work; to serve as references for my drawings and printmaking”.
Couchman’s solo exhibitions include Mrs West’s Hats, First Floor Gallery, Yerevan, Armenia (2004) Gift, Third Floor Contemporary, Beijing (2006) and There was no single reason for me to be there at first, a site specific piece for The Photographer’s Gallery, London (1999).
She has contributed to a number of group exhibitions, including The Artful Scriptorium,Climate Gallery, New York, (2010), There and Everywhere, Transition Gallery, London (2009), China in Motion, Phase 2, London (2008), Solutions for a Modern City, Hong Kong (2008).
考斯曼的個人展覽包括1999年在倫敦the Photographer’s Gallery的定點作品“There was no single reason for me to be there at first”；2004年，名為“Mrs West’s Hats”的個展在亞美尼亞埃里溫的First Floor Gallery舉辦；2006年，“Gift”個展在北京Third Floor Contemporary舉行。
2008，香港，Solutions for a Modern City
2008，倫敦，China in Motion, Phase 2
2009，倫敦，There and Everywhere, Transition Gallery
2010，紐約，The Artful Scriptorium, Climate Gallery