Helle Helsner, a Danish artist living in Kilbrittain is set to open a new exhibition of sketches and drawings entitled “ebbe” in Cronin’s Pub, Crosshaven.
The show will be opened by artist Katherine Boucher Beugh on Wednesday, October 4th at 8pm and all are welcome to attend. The exhibition will run until end of November.
The subject matter for “ebbe” is a different direction for Helle, who is known for her bronze castings and moving life figures. For this show she has taken her sketch pad to the rivers, beaches, islands and waterways of the Cork coastline with abstract interpretations of rocks, birds, boats and the movement of the ocean.
“I was once told that everything you do – you should do with beauty. Living next to the sea it was only a matter of time before my eyes saw its beauty as a potential source of material to draw from. The constant ebb and flow of the sea creates endless new forms and lines to explore.” explains Helsner.
“Mark making and silent observation not only of the water, but also the matter that inhibits the sea and the shorelines makes for hours spent in a different timeline. I am patient when drawing, but I move quickly. When I fall in love with a subject I will happily sit through drawing after drawing, finding new ways to convey what I feel. When someone asks how many times I can draw that cliff wall, the answer is forever.”
On Wednesday, October 11th from 11am, Helle will host an open “plein-air” drawing workshop in Crosshaven village. This will be followed by a chat with the artist in Cronin’s Pub. Drawing materials, tea and coffee will be provided. Donation of €10pp is suggested for this activity, at the discretion of the participants. Contact the artist directly firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved.
Cronin’s Pub has long been a community resource for the arts as well as a traditional pub and award winning seafood restaurant. The family run pub have been hosting the Crosshaven Film Club for nine years this season, weekly Sunday music sessions, Knit and Natter evenings and artists exhibitions on a year round basis showcasing the work of local and Irish artists.
Helle Helsner was born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1968 and moved to Ireland in 1994 to study Fine Art at the Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork. From the early stages of her career, she focused on bronze casting and this led to a master’s degree in prehistoric casting in 2001. Her work now includes a Fine Art and a Design practice often inspired by nature where both artistic and craft skills are combined and ancient methods are used to create contemporary work and collections. Drawing plays an essential role in this practise and Helle has been teaching life drawing in Crawford College of Art & Design since 2000.