Helen Edwards artist www.helenedwards.com.au
I like to think of my artistic life as like a journey. Along the way significant stages have included landscape, still life and most consistently portraiture and figurative work. Over the years I have worked in soft pastel, oil pastel, acrylic and oil paint and various drawing mediums.
In making my art I seek distinct themes or ideas which require exploration and can be sustained and developed through a series of works. Starting points might be a line of poetry, a pattern on fabric, the light, a dream or a conversation which deeply resonates. Allowing the resultant works to flow and evolve naturally as a consequence of each other works so well for me.
An enduring interest in figurative work has recently lead me to explore the possibilities of sculpture. At this stage on the most basic level my sculpture involves the deconstructing of familiar objects in order to reconstruct them to convey an idea. My approach is highly intuitive and depends on a strong level of trust on my part in the success of the process and the final outcome. I am excited by the freedom that I am feeling in this area of art-making and the amazing potential of sculpture to express concepts and issues which are meaningful to me.