helen amyes

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23rd June 2016

relic006A small detail of textile work titled”Relic” in progress. This has been made addressing the theme of Resurrection for this years Mandorla Art Award, to go on exhibition july 16-24th Linton and Kay Galleries Perth,Western Australia.Made entirely of used tea bags [contributed by friends across York] then dyed with rust and rose hip tea,sewn together and embellished with small prints taken from vintage silverware.Happily it has been selected as a finalist for the exhibition.

This is only my second go at a juried exhibition, as I don’t particularly go in for competitions, preferring ┬ácollaborative group shows. After visiting the Hutchinson works on paper exhibition at Salamanca, Hobart, Tasmania last year and being really impressed by the quality of ideas and work, I decided to push myself a bit and try for some of these bigger exhibitions on the Australian artistic circuit.

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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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4th March 2016

Working in series,these little “picasso fish” were created from Tasmania’s Mercury newspaper and posted off to various mail artists and assembling book projects to “swim” through the postal system, or some were wrapped in newspaper envelopes with “chips”from old cookery books. Making multiples like this is fun as one idea leads to another and the work feels more like play, or a series of experiments. Sadly one recipient, the Australian artist Richard Larter “Dick” had passed away.

 

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5th October 2015

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Recently I have been discovering watercolour as a medium and making small studies after Bonnard and Matisse to try to better appreciate their use of colour.On wednesdays I join other painters at the Oakine’s Community House,Dodges Ferry,Tasmania and we often “have a try” with each others “stuff”.Being in a group like this is a novel experience for me as i usually prefer to work alone or in distance collaborations via mail art and assembling books. Out of this experience i have been experimenting with the pigments in relation to wax resist and found that the Cotman’s watercolour by Windsor and Newton, best suits my method with the required transparency, yet vivid colours. Payne’s grey has also emerged as a big favourite and i am already topping up my half pans with a tube, a tip i have gleaned from other painters in the group.




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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.