Initially Helen worked in a figurative style and was known for works that addressed gender politics (aka Helen Woodhouse and Helen Baker Woodhouse). Since 1996 she has developed a series of works that are abstract and minimal. There is an interest in the idea of production as a system of values that link the moral, aesthetic and social. She has also worked within the medium of video. All her work has a social content that is presented through formal means. Her publication ‘Colour’ (2006, published by Corn Exchange Gallery, Edinburgh) demonstrates her ideas.
Helen has exhibited at Corn Exchange, Edinburgh; British School at Rome; Red Box Gallery, Newcastle; Broadway Gallery, NY and numerous other international galleries.
About the art
These works on paper reflect an ongoing interest in the space we inhabit and our attempts to furnish that space through building, sewing and repairing. Time spent on a Rome Academy Fellowship offered an opportunity to focus on colour and the materiality of paint as a way of engaging with the power and beauty of these simple human activities. The act of repairing seems particularly relevant at this time.
Brown Overlay, gouache on paper, (mounted, unframed), 30 x 25 cm. £240
Gray Overlay, gouache on paper, (mounted, unframed) 28 x 37 cm. £180
Rag No 6, gouache on paper, (mounted, unframed) 25 x 30 cm. £150