April 2 - 27, 2014
Friday, April 4
Sometimes life is full of light: effortless, buoyant. Other times it is all gravity: heavy and dark.
In the oil stick paintings Creation of the Coast of California and Creation of the Coast of Maine, giant hands form coastal topography out of paint. In Duality, a squirrel sits oblivious in a crystal cave. Primavera shows a large white dog staring out from a strange flower garden. Hebrew letters swirl in the mix.
Physics vs. metaphysics, the duality of life. Head in the clouds, feet on the ground; my worldview.
"90 Days in Paris"
Sabbatical work done in Paris; Johnson, VT; and Boston in 2012.
"Here I Sit, Brokenhearted"
An ongoing installation on bathroom tiles where drawings make visceral vignettes, showing moments ranging from giving birth to getting booked. A shape-shifting protagonist emerges from the tiles. She morphs in time and race and limps along at odds with expectations but at one with viscera.
"Here I Sit, Brokenhearted" is about the ill fit of the body and how our most private moments can play out in the public sphere.
Helen Payne was born on Jamestown, RI, and was raised in Appalachia. She studied Poetry at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, painting and drawing at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, the Corcoran and the Maryland Institute, College of Art.
Helen’s paintings and drawings have been shown nationally including Fraser Gallery, Washington, DC, Woman-Made Gallery, Chicago, IL, and Mobius, Cambridge, MA.