Helen Ingram’s Art Work
Helen Ingram’s artwork explores the sociological in art through bold vibrant dramatic color palettes that dismantle, and reconstructs messages set in society. Whether this is animal cruelty; humans relationship with animals and nature, stereotypes and categorization; how we live are our lives through a means of labels and categories,segmenting and fracturing culture into labels. Helen’s artwork goes to crash, collide, and re-embrace different cultures together through interactions, and connections that we share in society. Helen’s most recent work explores the sociology involved with humans relationship to color and the abstract painted image and how this is perceived by the viewer.
Helen’s artwork demonstrates bold, vibrant color through the pop art palette, having strong outlines, and colorful block fills within the composition. This strong use of color is evident, in such pieces like ‘Hunting’, ‘S‘, ‘Drummer’ , ‘Culture Map’ and more recent pieces like ‘Anorexic’ and ‘Abstract series five’. Helen is most definitely a colorist. Helen’s use of deconstructing, and reconstructing messages is most evident in ‘Disillusion’ a piece which is fragmented, distorted and far-fetched. A piece that uses angular panels,contrasting brightness,tone, color and fashion figure’s characteristics, as a character. A piece that reminds people of a renewed self, a desire to be something new. The piece although is printed, uses the process of collage, combining Photoshop, found materials and painted imagery, that goes to question social identity, through fashion. In the animal cruelty work, it explores issues of hunting, make up use on animals, habitats and fur trade industry, in such pieces of ‘Ocelot News’ and ‘Huntress‘.The animal cruelty project relates to sociology, as although as people we know its wrong to hurt animals, we still allow it to happen, and as a society we sit back.
In stereotypes work is aimed to break barriers, and the judgmental nature that society has created through looks, who we are, and what we do, the work demonstrates how as a society, we label, and categorize. Then in ‘Culture Map’ Helen takes these philosophies, and flips them upside down through researching, about a cultures origin’s, and the connections they share through other cultures.Demonstrated through the connections in music. This breaking barriers of difference, and breaking the stereotype philosophy we hold in society. Helen’s work also demonstrates interactions through ‘Street Dance’ and ‘Rocker’ two pieces that are meant to be viewed parallel to one another, the ‘Street Dance’ taking the role of performer and ‘Rocker’ taking the role of audience. The two opposing pieces go share an interesting sociological relationship, as in society we view them as separate cultures but Helen goes to play on this sociology of labeling, by confusing the viewer, and making them wonder whether these two opposites can work well together, as an art piece.
In her more recent work of exploring the sociology involved with how humans perceive color. How the eye struggles to see certain colors together. In these works Helen is pushing the notion of the abstract further by fragmentation, blurriness and distortion creating imagery that not only becomes more computer manipulated, and computer coded, and looks less like the original. The works use the color cycle associated with color theory in art. These ideas of how we as humans see colors have so far only been utilized through video, and Photoshop, and the originals in watercolor on paper.
The reasons as to why Helen’s practice is involved around sociology, is very much to do with her life experiences of being bullied, how she learnt to deal with issues surrounding her everyday thoughts and life. Helen has always been intrigued by how things work, why she thinks differently, she is different and sees the world differently to others. Throughout her life, she has always been surrounded by chaos, and noise her only sanctuary being that of art, and gentle strolls along the Lea Valley. Where she can empty her mind and relax. In a way she is expressing these sociological themes by letting go of an inner demon, a thought that has troubled her and then being free. So her art is like the program ‘Room 101’ she wants to discard these thoughts, but first have to establish why they are there in the first place.
Her overall vision in my practice is to let people, or the viewers know its okay to be you, and that is what makes you unique. She went though life trying to be like everyone else, and it’s only now that the chaos, has calmed down that her work has started to move direction, and head more towards the sociology of color through the means of abstract.
Helen Ingram’s Art Inspiration
In relation to the arts world, Helen works fits in with social messages artists like Cindy Sherman. Pop art is also fits in with Helen’s worwith bold and bright outlines and fills like such artists like Roy Lichtenstein, Keith Haring and Andy Warhol. Colorist like Gerhard Richter and Howard Hodgkin, as all of Helen’s artwork utilizes color to its maximum visual boundaries. Helen would fit into group exhibitions that expresses themes of identity, fashion, self-identity, stereotype, culture, sociology, animal cruelty, pop art, figures, modern, contemporary, video, collage, painting, drawing and colorist. The inspiration for the artwork comes from everyday life events, culture and fashion. The world around us, the chaos and social messages we create in society through social media, mass media and television.
Her philosophy of art making at first was working in sketchbooks at a smaller scale and then working to a bigger scale. She tend to now days work small-scale as she think she can create just as much impact by this size but this depends on what the image or work is.The mediums to which she works with vary on what she is creating and what effect she is trying to achieve within the composition.
Helen Ingram is a mixed media artist that works on a small-scale basis primarily occasionally venturing into big scale work.Her work is colorful pop art that portrays sociological messages in a number of ways. Helen’s work is primarily influenced by chaos and the world around us.
Helen Ingram’s move from art to writing
Helen has always had a passion for writing ever since a young age, though she has struggled with her writing ability, since discovering she was dyslexic, when she was doing her university degree. However, discovering this, did not knock her determination to still be successful in the arts world. Helen’s move from art to writing was not an easy one, as she had been offered to appear in books, and exhibitions, but failed to do so purely due to lack of funds. Helen’s main way of transferring from one to the other came from the pros and cons of each. Though both industries are equally tough, eBook publishing meant she can be in control of everything, and also use her creativity to make her cover pages. This also meant she could work at her rate which was a lot easier due to having a child in 2010 via c section and developing epilepsy since giving birth .
Helen published her first poetry book ‘Love, Hurt and Loss A Collection Of Poetry’ as an ebook on Amazon. It is a collection of her poetry over the years. The poetry book is as cheap as Amazon allows. Helen does all her creative work for the passion of the industries not to make profit. During this time Helen was interviewed on MARSocial a social platform for creative industries.
‘Love, Hurt and Loss A Collection Of Poetry’ February 21st 2013
‘This is me’ published in ‘Poetry Rivals Collection 2011 Suspended in Ink’
‘Cameron’ published in ‘A Symphony of Life a Collection of Poetry’
‘Friendship’ published in ‘Reflections a Collection of Poetry’
‘At Christmas time’ published in ‘Turning of the Tides a Collection Of poetry’
‘The Little Boy’ published in ‘What Lies Within a Collection of Poetry’
‘Greed’ published in ‘Virtue or Vice a Collection of Poetry’
‘Glance’ published in ‘Poetry Rivals Collection 2012 Twist My Words’
‘Waltham Cross 2012’ published in ‘Summer of Sport a Collection of Poetry’
‘Retreat’ published in ‘Cherished Moments a Collection of Poetry’
‘Boxing Day’ published in ‘Down Memory Lane a Collection of Poetry’
‘Never Ending Circle’ published in ‘A Year Gone a Collection of Poetry’
‘Till The End’ published in ‘End of Days: a Collection of Poetry’
‘What Is A Bully’ published in ‘Future Voices From Hertfordshire’
‘I Always Dreamed’ published in ‘Everflowing Ink a Collection of Poetry’
‘The Secrets Of Love’ published in’ Deep Secrets a Collection of Poetry’
‘Eyes’ published in ‘In Mind’s Eye a Collection of Poetry’
‘Angel’ published in ‘Home Sweet Home a Collection of Poetry’
‘Past Times’ published in ‘Pastures New a Collection of Poetry’
‘Change’ published on MARSocial Literature-Poetry 20/04/2014
‘Global’ published on MARSocial Authors Business Enhance Poets Post
‘Time’ published on MARSocial Authors Business Enhance Poets Post
‘Round Two’ Published on MARSocial Authors Business Enhance Poets Post
‘Miss Hoodie Gangster’ on MARSocial Authors Business Enhance Poets Post
‘You’ on MARSocial Author Business Enhance Poets Post
During her time at MARSocial Helen conducted interviews for the website with the following people:
New Art United
After gaining some experience in networking and conducting these interviews Helen went on to create New Art United where she has conducted the following:
Helen has been in hospital due to a relapse on her seizures.
Helen Ingram’s Current Projects
‘My World’ poetry book no 2
Updating and expanding New Art United make it look less like a blog.
Carry on getting interviews and helping fellow artists out.