About the Artist

Helen turns to nature for inspiration for her encaustic sculptures. Although her sculptures resemble natural objects such as pods, cocoons, and sea anemones as well as cellular structures, they are unique abstractions.

Helen is interested in metamorphosis as a natural phenomenon; she is attracted to how things grow and change over time. She also addresses the spectrum of vulnerability, from complete defensiveness, self-protection and closure to openness and exposure. Her encaustic sculptures vary along these parameters. For example, Earth Pod, has a permeable exterior. The paper and encaustic artworks in the Cluster Series are open and exposed, fluid in form, and often reveal colorful interiors. Helen was motivated to develop the Coral Series after watching the Netflix documentary, Chasing Coral. The film illustrates the vulnerability of coral reefs that are rapidly dying due to increased ocean temperatures due to climate change.

An award-winning sculptor, Helen began working in encaustic in 2009. She enjoys the medium because of its versatility. She teaches painting and sculpture workshops out of her Chicago studio, and she was recently selected to become a Golden Artist Educator by the Golden Paint Company. Her work can be found in private and public collections throughout the country and has been exhibited in a variety of venues in the United States including Slate Contemporary in Oakland, California; Conrad Wilde Gallery in Tucson, Arizona; Adam Peck Gallery in Provincetown, Massachusetts; and Bridgeport Art Center in Chicago, Illinois. Next year, Helen will participate in a two-person project at the Christopher Art Gallery at Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, Illinois, that will demonstrate the effect of climate change on coral reefs.