19 January – 13 February 2022
Helen Shelley’s new series titled Hope is inspired by moments in nature that elicit a sense of wonder and awe, and rituals that symbolically immortalise late loved ones. The repetition of marks and Shelley’s use of glitter and acrylic paint on reflective perspex result in works that pulse with a vibrant energy. Organic shapes and a symmetry that perhaps references the body or plant life capture facets of transcendence and remind us of the precarious state of the human and natural world. While Shelley’s artworks reference loss and grief, they also provide an opportunity for a sense of transformation and hope.
Helen Shelley lives and works in Sydney. In 2015 she graduated from Sydney College of the Arts with a Masters Degree in Painting (Research). She has held solo exhibitions at Galerie pompom, Grant Pirrie, Flinders Street Gallery, Canberra Contemporary Art Space and has been included in exhibitions at First Draft Gallery, Casula Powerhouse, Rubicon, James Makin Gallery, ANCA Gallery, Margaret Lawrence Gallery and Penrith Regional Gallery. Shelley has been a finalist in the Churchie and most recently the Blake Prize.
Installation images by Docqment