“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…
All of my drawings are done almost exclusively with ballpoint pens, except for yellow color pencils.”
Helena Hauss creates exquisitely crafted and intricate drawings using a ballpoint pen. Her lustrous and hyper-realistic illustrations are at the same time both beautiful and satirical, with a deep-rooted fascination with counter-cultural narratives.
Her clients include: WWD, L’Occitane, Undiz, Saatchi Saatchi London.
You may visit Helena’s website by clicking on the following link: http://www.helenahauss.net
A Series of custom made sculptures hand painted in the delft blue style of ceramics. An approach to represent the inner strength and fury that comes with being a woman, in contrast to an appearance of delicacy we’re too often branded with.
Women have always been construed as the “weaker sex” and are constantly being preyed on, or diminished in some way or another.
Too often portrayed as fragile and delicate, this project is an expression of the contrasting subtleties that come with femininity, as well as an attempt at vindication from a feeling of constant vulnerability that’s been forced upon us.
It’s about inner strength, fury and empowerment.
As a way to say : contrary to what you might think; we’re not made of glass, porcelain or crystal, we’re not gonna break, we’re wearing full metal jackets, and we’re ready to fight back.”