Helena Hauss

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Lives and work in Paris.

Artist Statement, A short introduction :

Innocence Lost 

What I aim to depict in my body of work, is a time of volatile change and freedom trough rebellion and mischief towards self discovery, on a backdrop of childish innocence and nostalgia. These drawings are about the contrasting pull of innocence and vice and the beauty that comes with a corrupt youth through the sheer will to discover and experience. I especially aim to focus on girlhood, and what it means to become one’s self while refusing to be taimed. In a simple sense, it’s about Bad Girls. It’s about girls refusing to be that pure and unblemished self. It’s about girls with faults. Girls who chose to be what they are and own it. But you have to look closer, to find clues hidden in the details as to what a drawing is really about : from the scars on the fingers of the cheerful girl with a lust for sweets to the Ouija symbols on a shirt, sometimes there may be more than one way to read the same image…

And even in the dark, they might light up.

All of my drawings are done almost exclusively with ballpoint pens, except for yellow color pencils.

I first started drawing with ballpoint pens in high school, when I kept a diary which would last more than a decade. In class I would write a lot in that diary, as well as draw, and using ballpoint pens was the best way to be discreet and keep the teachers at bay.

All of my drawings are inspired from my real life experiences and memories.

 

EDUCATION

2006           Blake College of Arts, London

2007           Penninghen, Paris

2008           Emile Cohl, Lyon

2009-12      Intuit Lab, Aix en Provence 

  

GROUP EXHIBITIONS           

2014   DRAW, Wieden + Kennedy, Amsterdam, H Represents

2015    Slow Gallery, Paris

2016   GIRLS, Galerie Metropolis, Paris

2016   Drawing Now, The Contemporary Drawing Art Fair, Paris

2016   Fernelmon Contemporary Art Festival, Chateau de Fernelmont, Belgique  

 

SELECTED PRESS

Konbini 

Juxtapoz 

Les Inrocks 

Etapes 

Buzzfeed 

Fubiz 

Dangerous Minds 

Neon Mag 

Tess Mag 

You may check out Helena’s website by clicking on the following link: http://www.helenahauss.net