Helen Sturgess, 2009
"Drawing is at the core of my art practice. It can be a way for me to tap in to the subconscious and to try to relinquish control, akin to the automatic writing of the Surrealists. I do a lot of experimental work in different media, ranging from rust and salt to plasticine. Elements of the miniature in my work evoke a sense of interiority, the worlds within, and reflect my interest in the nature of thought and memory. The ink drawings start with a mark and accrue shape and meaning in response to environmental cues, the suggestion of a line and my wandering thoughts during the process.
Each uniquely captures a sense of place and state of mind in time."
About Helen Sturgess
"Conversant with a broad range of media from bronze to plasticine, I explore the boundaries of sculpture and drawing and try to better understand what it is to be human."
She has exhibited in Italy, the U.K. and Australia and her work can be found in the collections of the U.K. Surrealist Society, the British School at Rome and North Sydney Council.
Awards include a residency at the British School at Rome, the Audrey Wickham Prize and most recently, an ArtStart Grant from the Australia Council for the Arts.
After ten years of study in London she received an MFA from the Slade School of Fine Art and a BA from Wimbledon School of Art. Prior to this she earned a BA, majoring in psychology, from the University of New South Wales.
Born in Brisbane, she currently lives and works in Sydney and London.