helen amyes

from the studio

31st october

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hortus002


An abstract drawing from the series of eight titled “Hortus” [Garden].
Shapes taken from succulent leaves in the strong Australian light and shade with small surprises.

These works start off on a large sheet of paper which then gets chopped up to create new compositions sometimes in a random fashion. I do this in part to simplify images as i have a tendency to get too fussy. Also i like the freedom to be fairly playful and just enjoy the mark making process without too much thinking and always with plenty of loud music.This translates to plenty of energy in the work, and hopefully some happy accidents?

The frottage [rubbing] elements are taken from an op shop silver plate cake stand using the graphite stick.Gesso is scraped on with a palette knife creating a layering effect.

media include artist spectrum black ink, atelier interactive acrylic paint,marker,gesso, biro and koh i noor progresso aquarell graphite stick on heavy water colour paper.

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Author: helen amyes

English/Aussie Visual Artist based in the historic town of York, in the Wheatbelt of Western Australia. I've been described as a "painter with a fluid approach". So although painting and drawing are my first language so to speak, i enjoy creating film photograph,textiles,visual poetry and even the occasional sound or performance project. Really i feel the medium needs be the best to express the idea. Much of my work is collaborative in the form of assembling books where each artist contributes an art work/page which is then bound. Also mail art which is often exhibited as an egalitarian installation. I also do some design work for sale via Red Bubble, Saatchi Art sites and local galleries.

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