2018-2019: BA Fine Art Honours. Queensland College of Art, Griffith University 2014-2017: Bachelor of Fine Art - Major in Painting and Art Theory. QCA, Griffith University 2010-2013: Diploma of Visual Art. SBIT - Southbank Institute of Technology, Brisbane
2020: March - April: Community of Light. Hub Gallery - Caboolture Regional Art Gallery 2019: June - October: Veils of Trees. Outdoor textile installation, Hollufgård. Odense, Denmark 2019: May: Suspended Light. QCA Galleries, Southbank Brisbane 2018: September - November: Blurred Boundaries. Latrobe Regional Gallery, Victoria 2017: March - April: Notion of Home. QCA Galleries, Southbank Brisbane
2020: February: Boiling Point. The Third Quarter, Brisbane. 2019: November: Ellipsis (...). QCA BA Fine Art Honours Graduation Exhibition, Brisbane 2018: October: InterScape. House Conspiracy Showcase, Westend Brisbane – Group Exhibition 2018/19: July - January: Outside In Exhibition. Holy Spirit Northside Private Hospital, Brisbane
2017: October: World Scapes. Woolloongabba Art Gallery (WAG Upstairs) 2017: June: Finding Freedom. Jugglers Art Space, Brisbane 2017: June: Nundah Art Show. Nundah Community Centre 2016: November - December: The Ambience Store Project #009. New Farm, Brisbane 2015: December: HTTP://Re-productive. QCA Galleries, Southbank, Brisbane 2015: November: Showcase, QCA Graduation Exhibition, Brisbane. BA Fine Art Painting Major. 2014: January - February: Transfer. Showart Gallery, South Brisbane 2013: November: Zenith 150. SBIT (TAFE) Graduation Exhibition, Brisbane 2009-2011: OMSA Group Exhibitions - Randall Studio Mt Cootha & Martin Galleries Nundah
2020: August (deferred to 2021): Artist in Residence at Hollufgård Art Residency (GAH), Denmark 2019: May - June: Artist in Residence at Hollufgård Art Residency (GAH), Denmark 2019: May - June: Artist Residence at Rural Residency for Contemporary Art (RUC), Northern Italy 2018: October: Artist in Residence & InterScape Showcase, House Conspiracy, Westend Brisbane 2017: Aug-Sep: Artist in Residence & Showcase, Hollufgård Art Residency (GAH), Denmark
How might a painted, illuminated and translucent textile installation affect our sensory perception and bodily experience of place and belonging? This is what Helle Cook explores in her art practice as she works across painting and installation. Cook completed her Honours program (Fine Art) at QCA in 2019. Topics relating to home, place and belonging have been an ongoing theme in Cook's work. Her aim is to explore and emphatically invite reflection and dialogue rather than to resolve. Moving to Queensland from Denmark a decade ago, Cook draws on heightened awareness and liminal effect of migration, to explore her own sensory experience of light, place and belonging. During recent (2019) artist residencies in Denmark and Italy, she took her installations to a new level by installing and exhibiting them outdoors, suspended between trees, vines and hills. Here they play an integral part of the landscape responding to environment and ephemeral light. Her outdoor Veils of Trees installation is currently showing (as of August 2019) in a protected forest in Denmark. Cook’s work invite us to experience how our own sensory and bodily perception prompts us to be more aware - not only of our differences but also of what we have in common. Her work lingers in the threshold between abstraction and figuration, it is non-prescriptive yet affecting in its luminous, ethereal and tactile quality. Cook welcomes the viewer to participate and to connect with their own sensory perception and imagination both individually and collectively.