March 5-30, 2014
Friday, March 7
"In Loving Memory of My
Mother, Kathy Wooden Kinsey "
Embedded in abstract forms, there lies in the new works a heightened sensitivity and quality in the mark making experience. This is the fuel that propels the expressionistic responses and reactions of automatism. I strive to elevate this in an abstract language for notions of aesthetics, accident, purposefulness, structures, dichotomies, the physical versus the ethereal, internal versus external.
I’m interested in the work’s physical presence and that reflection upon the viewer. This can be seen by some of the accumulated layers and explosive buildup and at other times, by thin, delicate touches within atmospheric spaces. Some of the shapes are organic, reflecting the organic nature of artmaking itself and the human touch. The geometric shapes often allude to technological references, architecture and/ or other structures. When combined, I attempt to have them harmonize with a sense of balance within the variety. Music and aesthetic contemplations are often a major influence of this fusion.
My artworks are incredibly labored over with hours of studio time. I like the idea of them having gone through a type of epic trail, because I would like them be an echo of moments of time that occur in one’s life. I mix up the process by which I create them, in hopes of them acting as markers on a timeline in my experience as a human and artist. By using various media including, fine point pens, acrylic paint, and mixed media. I try to find beauty in applying the material. These processes always fluctuate as it relates to my mental temperature. I try to work on about 3-5 pieces at a time, each with a different process and/or desire. By having multiple works in progress, I have found that I attempt to build them all up like an orchestra. They seem to feed off one another and provide me with advice as “what to do next."
"Here I Sit, Brokenhearted"
An 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.