Helene Merriman lives and breathes art.
A talented artist experienced in watercolour and oil paints, sculpture and photography, Helene has overcome a lot of adversity with the help of art over the years.
Previously a high school teacher and nurse, she discovered her passion for art after taking up painting as part of rehabilitation following a stroke and back injury. She then went on to obtain a Diploma of Visual Arts at TAFE and a Bachelor of Arts degree at Edith Cowan University in the 1980s, working with respected Aboriginal elder Ken Colbung AM MBE for her final year university project.
After a long hiatus from art and with the assistance of her Baptistcare At Home Services Support Worker, Rowena, Helene decided to hold an exhibition of her work at the Atwell Arts Centre & Gallery where she taught for a number of years in the 1980s and 1990s.
With Rowena heavily involved in organising the exhibition, preparing for the event has been a smooth and enjoyable experience. Rowena has been instrumental in discussing ideas, selecting pieces for display and organising the extensive collection of artwork with Helene.
“Working with Helene is so much fun, we laugh so much when we’re together. It’s been a wonderful privilege to help Helene prepare for the art exhibition, she teaches me so many things about the elements of art,” Rowena said.
“It’s a big relief having her come in. Rowena is a good friend and fun. She gets stuck in and helps – it’s great!” Helene shared.
Helene explained her art can be thought-provoking and she is looking forward to sharing her perspectives through her exhibition.
“I’m concerned with social issues and the way our reality is moulded by the mass media. I like to confront one reality with another. I think that certain realities may be presented more effectively if the viewer sees a beauty which continually invites re-examination,” she said.
Helene’s exhibition ‘Transitions’ is showing at the Atwell Gallery (586 Canning Highway, Alfred Cove), 26 February – 5 March 2018.
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