ALICE S. HELWIG
CAAF Residency st[art]@art central, January – March 2012
Alice S. Helwig utilizes techniques such as collage, texturing, glazing and underpainting to explore the prairie landscape. “I am painting the landscape that is familiar to me,” she says. “The imagery that I have been working with has become spiritual and dreamlike. The images are quick glances we have of the landscape as we move through it.”
Themes of alienation, awe, personal epiphanies and prayerfulness emerge. The fleeting moment transcends itself to reveal that feeling, that truth, which we intuitively understand but find difficult to articulate. These are visual poems which insinuate the eternal into our understanding of the immediate.
I presently work in a home studio in isolation. This studio time will give me a chance to meet and network with other artists. I intend to assemble a series of paintings, a cohesive body of work. I want to concentrate on a new series to present to new markets and the galleries which presently represent me.
I am interested in combining abstract art techniques (application of paint in non traditional forms i.e. pouring, staining, dripping) with the landscape motif. The progression of my painting is leading to new methods and more abstraction. I will be concentrating on developing new work and techniques.
I will be documenting the progress of my work on the blog at my website – http://www.ashelwig.com.