Helen Hardaker Williams

21 Feb - 28 Mar

Free entry

Helen Hardaker Williams is a visual artist and teacher. Over the years, her career has meandered through education, studying and then working in secondary art, primary education and now higher education.

Throughout her studio practice, Helen is driven by process, always curious about the “what if’s” and “let’s see” moments. She uses relational pedagogy in her approach to both teaching and her creative career - human relationships are always at the very centre of subject. The work is autobiographical, using art processes and metaphors to explore & enjoy, unravel & dwell upon, laugh at and cry about the complexities of human life.

Helen explains: ‘Art and the Anthropocene; small paintings about big things’ uses the crocodile as a metaphor for the uncertainties surrounding environmental degradation and ecological devastation. With a nod to Pierre Bonnard’s perfect domestic teatime table (and collaborating with other artists work, appropriating ceramics, protest art and shared materials) I am asking the viewer to look in on the activity around the crocodile [don’t look away] and ask the question, ‘What the heck is going on…?’ 

Invariably created in series of works, this repetitive approach takes Helen and her pen on a voyage of exploration. Featuring a cast of animals and other (mostly domestic) references, Helen’s work is about her relationship to being human.



paintings drawings life symbolism home life