Bรคrbel  Helmert
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Statements-Assemblages

The   ASSEMBLAGES   are arrangements of miscellaneous materials - mundane, common, everyday things - that are transformed into objects that operate on a different level of awareness.
The context of the materials and the imagery allows for an examination of life's dualities and dichotomies:
                               
                                                                      obvious  -  hidden
                                                                      balance  -  imbalance
                                                                  holding on  -  letting go
                                                                  connection  -  disconnection
                                                                        simple  -  complex

The fragility of the images and the playfulness with which they are constructed are in some ways at odds with the mundane nature of the materials and the self-reflection involved in the process of creating the works. The lack of bright colors and the consequent reliance on texture and composition reflect a reverence for the subtleties of everyday reality.

All of my works are purposely not titled. These images are intended to engage the curiosity of the viewer and to provoke responses and interpretations based on personal experience.


           Work Descriptions

 Mixed media on Wood Panel                                         Mixed media in Shadow Boxes      
 Size:  12" x 12"  (30 cm x 30 cm)                                   Size:  6.5"  x  6.5"  (16cm x 16cm x 4.5cm)


Media:

Gauze
Cotton
Thread
Wire
Nylon
Plastic
Staples
Wire-mesh
String
Tarpaper
Muslin
Mica
Matchsticks



Felt
Wax
Nails
Glass
Tarlatan
Sawdust
Sand
Straw
Seeds
Gesso
Acrylics
Paper Pulp
Media:

Crushed Glass, Fused Glass
Mirror Shards
Rust Pieces
Wire-mesh, Nails, Wire
Acupuncture Needles
Gold Leaf
Bugs
Hair
Felt
Plastic
Mica
Various Organic Materials
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