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NEW SAM MACDONALD
JENNIFER IRVINE RSW RGI
Helliwell's collage studies encapsulate a whole era of fashion and culture.
In the case of her quirky queues and lips each study is made from one issue of a magazine (either Vogue or Harpers and Queen). With five of the studies below, the original magazine is included with the painting (noted).
Helliwell's language is delightfully observational, light and modern. Her studies examine groups and society (the symbolism of queues) illuminating our individuality, character and idiosynchrasies and reflecting on our basic instinct or desire to express (dress up our personalities) and get out to enjoy ourselves (as an offest to the routines or boredom in our lives).
Probably an extension of why we buy magazines in the first place .. to escape, seek inspiration and dream !
Dialogue No 1
Dichroic Glass on Wooden Panel
64.5cm x 44.5cm (x 4.5cm)
This latest series represents my experience, a dialogue between two people and the people who join them, as we awakened to the importance of dialogue during this year's lockdown.
It was symbolised the step out our bubbles in order to reach others.
Dichroic Glass, Gilded Glass Disk on Wooden Panel
80cm x 80cm (x 12cm)
Including Plastic Cover
It is inspired by Van Gogh's Starry Night. The movement of the night air and wind is represented by the glass. For the moon, I put gold and silver gild on the glass and used the navy blue used in Japanese woodcut prints for the first time to add depth to the panel.
REAL GONE KID
A claustrophobic composition in which a young homeless boy is huddled at the feet of passersby who are oblivious, both to his presence and his predicament.
Their preoccupation with material possessions and designer labels contrasts with him having so very little. The difference in their status is referenced in the same scarf worn by the boy and the well-heeled woman.
Paper and Collage on Board
48cm x 48cm
NOTHING NEVER HAPPENS
The consequences of people doing nothing when a culture of apathy allows entropy to creep in.
Nature quickly runs free and takes over, causing collapse - 'Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; mere anarchy is loosed upon the world' (WB Yeats). Lyrics from Del Amitri's 'Nothing Ever Happens' are referenced throughout e.g.: traffic lights turned to stop and the billboarding advertising unneeded products. The telephone exchanges lead to jumbled wires, signifying the breakdown of communications that would be so devastating to 21st Century humanity. The Doomsday Clock, set at the current 100 seconds to midnight, symbolizes how close to the edge we are now. The cockroach, the consummate survivor, also references Kafka's Gregor Samsa, who suffered the terrible consequences of inaction.
Paper and Wire on Board
82cm x 45cm
In the Mermaid pieces, the intention has been to use strong composition to highlight a feeling of hidden tension - disrupted phone call and the figure being found in places she wouldn't normally inhabit - in order to engender a feeling of displacement. The Mermaid represents the strength and endurance of the female character.