Elements: air water
Helen begins drawing by applying pastels to paper, smoothing and smudging the marks with her hands, then removing the pigment with pencil erasers and abrasive materials. These repetitive actions build up a complex and layered tonal image. As with the sky, the clouds emerge and are fluid within this process.
Somewhere to escape to and something to shelter from, the sky is an omnipresent and compelling force. The elements can seem distant but we feel them in our bones. They have a direct effect on our emotions and motivations, our hopefulness and our despair. We are uplifted and made anxious, soothed or terrified. Our lives are made trivial in the path of the storm.
In her drawing, Helen attempts to utilise this invisible force, blowing icy wind in your face and and knocking you off balance, overwhelming your senses with the immense and volatile possibilities of air; a reflection of ourselves, our relationships and our world.
Since completing her degree in 2010, Helen has exhibited her work nationally and internationally. In 2017 she was invited to to exhibit work in "Air: Visualising the Invisible in British Art 1768-2017" at RWA, featuring contemporary as well as renowned artists from earlier periods. Helen has been awarded RWA prizes for the Most Innovative Drawing and Most Accomplished Drawing and has been selected for the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2016 and the Trinity Buoy Wharf prize 2018.