Evelyna Helmer: Broken Open

Evelyna Helmer’s latest paintings are portraits of an inner state. The artist sets up dialogues between intuitively painted abstraction and smooth shapes with strongly defined edges. Geometric forms, including circles, squares and teardrops, carry conceptual and cultural weight – invitations to follow Helmer on her inward dive.

‘Broken’ references Japanese kintsugi, in which damaged pottery is repaired using gold. The metaphor is clear: our lives are damaged by disappointment, lost opportunities and grief, yet we can be enriched by this damage.

Evelyna Helmer, Tacenda, 2018, oil on canvas, 30.5 x 40.5cm. Courtesy the artist and Thienny Lee Gallery, Sydney

Thienny Lee Gallery
Until 15 May, 2018