Currently represented by Studio Caparrelli, Helen graduated with an MFA by Research from the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, in 2012, achieving a first class honours. Her undergraduate degree was completed in Sculpture at Central St Martins School of Art, London. Helen has been the recipient of several awards and scholarships including:
Endeavour Europe Award, 2011 (Australian Government)
Yulgilbar Scholarship, 2012 (University of Melbourne, Victorian College of the Arts);
Fiona Myer Award, 2012 (Uni Melb, VCA)
Stuart Black Travelling Scholarship, 2015 (Uni Melb, VCA)
Helen's artwork has been widely exhibited (most recently at Ha Gamle Prestegard, Norway, 2014 and the Architecture Biennale, Brasil, 2013), aswell as being featured in a number of publications internationally. To view some examples of her artwork, click the 'work' link above. Earlier works may be viewed here: www.storiesfromspace.co.uk
The artworks represented here each respond to an aspect of the built environment's material, textural or physical qualities: exposing a side of our cities that the postcards choose to ignore.
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Taking the form of drawing, sculpture and urban intervention, my artwork seeks to re-inscribe the urban environment with fresh layers of meaning. In drawing focus upon overlooked aspects of the city’s material, textural and physical qualities, I encourage the viewer to consider alternative vistas within the fabric of their everyday surrounds. In providing a mechanism of connectivity, that transforms our habitual relationship with the urban landscape, urban nature becomes a springboard for reflection and poetic association: with the potential to affect our perception of public space.
Installed within the cracks, crevices and interiors of the crumbling city, my ‘miniature worlds’ form part of an ongoing series of urban interventions first commenced in 2001. Described as 'architecture for forgotten spaces', imaginary narratives are woven into the pre-existing colours, textures and nature that peels and grows from the walls of our urban environs. Through a process of ‘re-enchantment’, the work offers the possibility of participating in a more expansive form of everyday experience.
In reflecting upon the dichotomy between a politics of space and the decorative charm of the urban ruin, my research is informed and inspired by the areas of terrain vague that punctuate the cityscape of my hometown, and beyond. Recent works are concerned with heritage, urbanism, architecture and memory: seeking a point of transition between documentary observation, subjectivity and a form of cultural imagination.