Helen Wilson- Mixed Media Artist Statement
My love of all things Botanical began at a young age, as I grew up in Southern California playing daily in my Grandmother’s lush garden. I have fond memories of swinging from the branches of the avocado trees. My art career began as a middle school student doodling on cereal boxes, gum wrappers and phone books.This was a habit that adults did not always appreciate. At the age of 16 I was introduced to the wonder of a Rapidograph technical pen. I spent hours drawing and found art to be a means of communication. Entering into adulthood,and the world of work and family life, I set my artistic interests aside.
Jump ahead several decades and in the 90’s, my family and I moved to the edge of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. My childhood fascination with the natural world was rekindled and I found myself needing to give voice to the lush botanical world around me .I discovered a fascination for the relationship between “outer and inner”. The dormancy of winter plants, the buzzing of the pollinators, the hidden work of chlorophyll,the rhythm of the seasons, the mystery of seeds and the amazing world of grasses became some of my themes. The infinite layers found in nature are a common thread throughout my mixed media process. Also, I have come to consider that the botanical world has a message for us.There is more to life than meets the eye!
Over several years, I tried many different artistic approaches and finally discovered my voice in the mixed media collage process. I actually devised my own process of 3-D paper collage, also considered as a low relief sculpture. I use acrylic paints, mediums, inks, mono-printing and the metal gilding process in my work. I also include asemic writing and numbers in many of my works as a means of giving voice to the botanical world. Recently, I have begun to use my process to create free standing paper assemblages .
2018 Solo Show at Women’s City Club, Akron
2020- Solo Show at Kendal at Oberlin, “ With a Botanical Voice”
2021 Solo Show at Summit Artspace, Akron
Grassland Diaries-Early Spring
Mixed media Collage ,acrylics, silver leaf
Grassland Narrative-Summer Rhapsody
Mixed Media Collage, acrylics, ink
My Watershed Moment-Illustrated Paper assemblage, paper mache,acrylics,photos, silver leaf
The Alter Ego of a Daisy
Mixed media collage, acrylics, aluminum leaf
Down the Rabbit Hole with Alice II
Mixed media collage, acrylics, gold leaf, aluminum leaf
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