Approved: 06.10.2011

Helen Gillam

Artist, Maker

Approved: 06.10.2011

You never see me from the place where I look at you? This 'steal' from Lacan underlies my work.
The world, fleeting and impermanent, is known to us both through sensation and through mental narrative. But sadly we can never see it from any perspective other than our own.
The human imperative to make meaning of all our experiences both enriches and constrains us. The world acting merely as a mirror

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  • Location: Cardigan, Wales
  • Categories: Painting
  • Tags: political, culture, delusion, uncanny, narrative, social comment
 
 

Biography

You never see me from the place where I look at you? This 'steal' from Lacan underlies my work. The world, fleeting and impermanent, is known to us both through sensation and through mental narrative. But sadly we can never see it from any perspective other than our own. The human imperative to make meaning of all our experiences both enriches and constrains us. The world acting merely as a mirror to reflect our individual concerns. The intention of my work is to explore the condition of being human and all its possible illustrated truths. My concerns are with perception and narrative. Often starting from an existing image, I interrogate it through painting and repainting to reveal multiple meanings. My work with egg tempera on board enables me to create new meanings in addition to retaining earlier workings. My aim is to communicate a sense of sadness and isolation that is the human condition. Whilst playfully illustrating our inability to ever experience the ever-shifting thing we call reality. Through richness of image and surface I invite the viewer to knowingly experience how even pigment and support become mysteriously transformed through the human mind.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 2010 - BA Painting, West Wales School of the Arts, Carmarthen Solo exhibitions 2012 - Good as Gold, Oriel Fach, Oriel Q, Narbeth SA67 7AS Group exhibitions 2012 - New Graduates, Waterfront, Milford haven 2012 - Wunderland, Tactilebosch, Cardiff 2011 - Of landscape, Picton Castle, Picton Castle, Pembs 2011 - Refresh, Joanna Fields Gallery, Milford Haven 2011 - Winter Open, Oriel Q, Narbeth 2011 - Wunderland, Tactile Bosch, Cardiff 2010 - Drawing Bienalle, Oriel Q, Narberth 2010 - Free Range graduate Show, Trueman Brewery Brick Lane, London 2010 - Summer open, Oriel Q, Narbeth