Helen Artist Statement for Yukon Arts Centre show, Salutation
Salutation - A gesture of greeting indicating respect and affection; an act of reverence (a feeling or attitude of deep respect tinged with awe, a subjective response to something excellent in a personal way)
This exhibition is the result of working directly in nature where its elements impact both physically in the work and on my vision. The ritual of my process, symbolism of objects, and spirituality are all guiding concepts within my work.
My goal is that the works be interconnected, creating a flow of concepts and imagery which is ultimately unified by the common medium of handmade paper.
"Sun Dance" is a suspended installation piece. The handmade paper is made Nepalese style with Kozo Mulberry fibre. The inclusions of copper wire symbol life force or prana.
The paper, shaped into the 12 postures of the sun salutation, suspend in circle around a copper spiral representing the sun.
This is a sound and film installation. Check Marten Berkman website below for info on film and artist collaboration.
An installation inspired by the charred northern boreal forest made with cast pigmented cotton handmade paper and copper wire.
Part of the 2014 exhibition, Salutation, at the Yukon Arts Centre.
Evolution of Time, Handmade Kozo paper with cyanotype printing, 4'x6'
Northern Front Studio Gallery, May 2016
2D and 3D light sculpture and made with cyanotype printed handmade Kozo paper.
I use local plants, twigs, winter stems and seed pods to create the contact printed images.