Helen Anderson is a representational artist who has been making and exhibiting art since 1995. She is known mostly for her use of paint but uses a variety of mediums to diversify and challenge her practice. A graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, she has exhibited in public exhibitions, prizes and commercial galleries and her work is held in numerous private collections.
These recent paintings explore the relationships between fear, darkness and our relationship to the natural world. These works were born out of a fascination for the dark and its eternal mystery. They represent scenes from the subconscious, from dreams or memory. Anderson is interested in the expectancy of the dark, as a metaphor for that which we cannot see: darkness as a veil which obscures vision and allows us to imagine what might occur. There is a moodiness here, a disquiet, an eeriness, and a sense of foreboding. All manner of activities take place under the mask of the dark, things which would never occur in daylight. In this way the darkness becomes pregnant with unseen possibilities; it is in this way it activates our most primal fears. In these spaces the natural becomes unnatural or supernatural, senses become heightened and colour more saturated, more intense.