RUC Italy - Rural Contemporary Art Residency - June 2019: In a different Light
GAH Denmark - Hollufgård Art Residence / Sculpture Park - May/June 2019: Veils of Trees (Veils of Trees is still exhibited at GAH Denmark)
House Conspiracy Residency during October 2018 – Artist in Residence Helle Cook
During the month of October 2018, I have had the opportunity of being an Artist in Residence at House Conspiracy in Westend, Brisbane. I have been investigating the themes of landscape, light and the liminal space in expansive and interdisciplinary paintings. It has been a wonderful and engaging month of inspiration, collaboration and making.
The fine old house sits with proud posture despite being wedged in-between multi-stories; and the work takes on an ephemeral, translucent quality in landscapes that become vertical and elongated. While working in the ever-evolving (under more construction) urban landscape, I have been responding to the interstices of the close environment and far beyond – quietly engaging with ‘The Rights of Nature’. In Studio 1 I have been exploring the sense of light, the landscape and environment and the liminal space - while collaborating with Curator Jenny Brown and Artists Seb Guy & Tamsin Edwards-Francis. Our work interacts and interconnects in interdisciplinary installations – in ‘Inter-Scapes’ that engage and respond to the notion of landscape.
The residency has resulted in a series of large-scale paintings on unstretched canvas and sheer fabric that take on immersive, ephemeral and mobile, free hanging qualities. Analogies of mobility and migration, the notion of home, Nordic light and an ever-evolving landscape come to mind. Fabric and thread connote domesticity, craft and the idea of home and enables the light to travel through. Still my work remains lingering in the threshold between abstraction and figuration thus inviting multifaceted imagination and exploration. My aim is to prompt enquiry, interaction and communication. The House Conspiracy residency has been a wonderful opportunity for experimentation, art-making and collaboration and the ‘Inter-Scape’ showcase now shares and invites interaction and exploration.
Artist Helle Cook 21/10/2018
Residency at GAH, Denmark during Aug/Sep 2017 – Artist in Residence Helle Cook. Link:http://gah.dk/om-os/gaestekunstnere/?lang=en