helen amyes

from the studio


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11th June 1016

P1020909Art in the strangest of places? This delightful creation was snapped in the Town Hall as part of York’s annual ag show. The creativity that went into the plain biscuit decoration category was something to behold, The werewolf ones next door were also amusing and memorable, I dread ever being asked to judge these events! I also look out for the vegetable sculpture section and marvel at the creations there, often much more fun than anything found in a contemporary gallery where the same themes often seem to leave one feeling rather flat….

 

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27th April2016

degrowthformailart002Degrowth  Mail Art Project

You are invited to send your artistic ideas on a postcard on this subject.

Any media,all age friendly,for exhibition in a gallery setting in Western Australia.

Please include your email address for documentation of this project.

Art work to arrive by 1st August 2016. Thanks.

Send to

Degrowth

Helen Amyes

14 Mount Street

York

Western Australia

6302

 

 


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3rd April 2016

Sometimes an art project just doesn’t “work” and goes in the bin to clear the desk and the mind to move on to other hopefully better things. This series [shown] of visual poems started with picking up some pink plastic templates from a children’s game from the ground outside the Salvos where they had been split. Working on the back of cereal packets,a ready source of cheap cardboard,for a while i played around with the shapes and mark making, just enjoying letting it go where ever, vaguely thinking it might be a series to go into KART assembling book project. Finally though, although the process was fun, something was missing or rather there was too much going on with the patterns ,the shapes and the packet text on the back also. Sometimes less is more? Accepting the still born ideas is all part of the process and self editing is an important skill for an artist. I believe that the experience of these seeming “failures” still contribute, Art is a language and making art every day in some form can only add to its fluency.P1040055


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8th september2015

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Recently i attended a workshop for sculpting bull kelp, the thick seaweed that grows off the east coast of tasmania.Its strange stuff to work with,thick and slimy to start with like a rubbery leather, then as it dries it shrinks rapidly turning black,brittle and hard.The series of vessels i made are still changing shape several months later. Fun to experiment with, its other name is Mermaid’s bladder.

photograph by Paul Amyes.


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20th August 2015

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Flowers and fabric 1 still life drawing recently curated into “best in price range” collection on Saatchi Art Online. Winter weather has had me working indoors on a still life series with gestural mark making.The darker  Tasmanian light is leading my palette into exploring blues,grey and black with darker melancholic feel. Is this Tasmanian Gothic creeping in?

http://www.saatchiart.com/helenamyes



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3rd Febuary 2015


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Abstract painting from new series “Landscape not made”. This work continues the theme that i am working on about the burnt areas of Tasmanian bush [forest] that is regenerating and is derived from the study notes for landscape painting.These start as small collages made in series, then i pick the best to work up bigger on  canvas. media include acrylic paint and graphite on canvas.


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21st january 2015

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Altered film photographic print. Flip Flop or Aussie” Thong”,at the base of a boat house,Ochre Beach,Dodges Ferry Tasmania. Film lomo colour print 100 ,camera Holga 135 BC ,hand painted with gouache and inscribed with intaglio print making tool.

Altering these “duffers” i.e. prints that were rather dull, has been a lot of fun and is sort of leading to a series.Well received on Red Bubble [Thanks Guys!] and good for the wallet as recycling/ reusing everything is vital to a sustainable arts practice.Knowing that the lomo photography would be a rather hit and miss affair [and that is part of the appeal] hand altering the prints is a nice cross over to painting and scratching the emulsion surface feels pleasantly taboo, like cutting up old books for the first time, or planting a yarn bomb.