Helen Mason

   

Aluma of Digswell Arts

My current paintings and drawings are concerned with personal memories, particularly of places, and how these fade and change the reality. Through recall, observation and research, I work through memories changing the images as clarity or new information emerges.

In the Pentimenti paintings, I explored  altered images, allowing the changes, alterations and corrections of the memories to create a history of shapes, lines and colours. These elements start to dictate their own balance and composition, a release from the representational.  This series

represents a departure from more figurative work and letting the visual elements come to the fore and working from a more personal viewpoint.

This latest series, Chronicles, follows on from Pentimenti and include mixed media drawings. Taking the ideas and memories further, Chronicles takes deeper into childhood memories and explores the connections with my contemporaries, friends and family. Text has become part of the

images. Weaving in and out of the images they recall specific events and often provide a catharsis in that the memories are recorded forever, even if onlylegible or meaningful  for me.

2018  onwards                         Horizon Studios    DAT alumna

2013 - 2018                              Fellow of Digswell Arts Trust working in the Fenners Studios, Letchworth

 Also workshops and classes in most painting an print media for adults and young people

1981 - 2012                              Head of Art and Design, Creative Arts Faculty in schools in                                                                         Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Nottinghamshire

1978-81                                    Occupational Therapy in a Leicester psychiatric hospital

1976-77                                    Box office Birmingham Repertory Theatre

1975-76                                    Arts Information, West Midland Arts, Brimingham

PGCE  ATD     Leicester            BA Hons Fine Art    Birmingham       Art Foundation   Loughborough