Helen Redmond spent many years working in design alongside architectural photographers ‘chasing the sunshine’. She didn’t understand it on the time, however this expertise helped her discover her voice as an artist.
‘I skilled as a journalist and inside designer then labored for Vogue Residing for 25 years as an inside stylist and design editor, together with 12 years as Melbourne editor. This honed my understanding of composition, house, and light-weight,’ Helen says.
Helen give up publishing mid-career to attend the Nationwide Artwork College. She graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Fantastic Arts (Portray), marking the beginning of her flourishing skilled observe as an artist – and proving it’s by no means too late to alter lanes!
She’s since established a geometrical type knowledgeable by the construction and great thing about empty Brutalist areas and Modernist architects. These vary from ‘the liminal areas of Japanese minimalist Tadao Ando and the daring color blocks of Luis Barragan‘.
‘My work depict architectural areas and the sunshine inside them,’ Helen explains. ‘The architectural areas in my work are usually not a essentially a descriptive picture of a recognized place, or accretion of areas. The issues which might be portrayed are metaphorical reasonably than precise, akin to time, silence, and reminiscence.’
Working from her studio in an previous Sydney warehouse (that she shares with a conglomerate of artistic artisans!) she’s explored comparable themes for her newest exhibition, ‘The Solidity of Fragile Issues’.
‘My portray course of is a gradual and deliberate transformation of sunshine, pigment, and the two-dimensional void. Utilizing oil paint on canvas, the floor is constructed up in incremental layers to resemble the mutable texture and luminosity of surfaces,’ Helen provides.
The showcase may also be the primary exhibition in Otomys’ new John Wardle Architects-designed Prahran gallery house. It’s full of work of rooms and inside areas which might be inviting and mysterious, which Helen hopes will invite viewers to decelerate, and be nonetheless for a second.
See ‘The Solidity of Fragile Issues’ from Thursday June 16 till Thursday June 30 at 424 Malvern Street, Prahran.