About the artist
Helen Pilkington is a London-based artist who specialises in mixed media installations. A graduate of Central Saint Martins, London, she completed a Masters in Fine Art in 2018.
For an up to date CV including exhibitions, please visit the artist's website
My artistic process involves the meticulous selection and abstraction of material and the examination and dissection of my subject matter. Like a rag picker, I move through life, scanning the world for reference points in which to ground this method. Coming from a shoemaking background, threads, fibres and textures appear throughout my work. As a Londoner, dust, grime and detritus also act as a medium. These materials are gathered as I forensically trace the domestic and urban landscapes within which I reside. The juxtaposition of these worlds - the personal and political – serves to provide an inner tension in my work. Through this undertaking, not only found objects, but also found moments are captured, and a visual story is created. My work is about undoing the tangle of life - unpicking it – and in doing so investigating the seductive madness of my reality. By observing daily rituals in the home, which would otherwise go unnoticed, I re-identified myself as an active agent within this sphere.
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Artist website: www.helenpilkington.com