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College / University
University of Ulster
Program / Degree
Fine art
June 1, 2009
Member type
If you're an artist, what kind of art do you make?
Conceptual, Installation, Painting, Performance, Video
I am...
a person
About my artwork
I’ve been accused of being egotistical. Yes, I. This is my work. Yes, we. This is my work. Yes, you. This is my work. Yes, society. This is my work. Repeat.


“Every man takes the limits of his own field or vision for their limits of the world”
German Philosopher, Arthur Schopenhauer.

Through the form of self portraiture my work focuses on contemporary themes of censorship, consumerism, love, identity and individuality. My strategy takes a personal approach, interweaving my life with my art, using it to question the conscious and unconscious social structures and pressures that I experience. The processes that I use are often of a repetitive nature, evolving through action, corroding the very work that I am producing. I am interested in the doing rather than the done. Through my approach I do not seek to find definite answers (as I’m unsure as to whether truth exists), rather I wish to personally explore society’s views of freedom, existence and identity, and also the dehumanizing ‘myth’ of individuality.
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'Lets Pretend' durational performance

Lets Pretend - Personal self portrait

This was a durational action which took place from 00:00 Sunday 17th Feb to 05:05 Friday 22nd Feb.

The duration of the process equates to 7810 days of my life since birth made equivalent to 7810 mins of duration, i.e. 5 days 5 hours 5 mins.

Throughout this time I was isolated in my bedroom which is wallpapered with a digitally generated repetitive grid of 'hush' self portraits - with each portrait being approximately 1cm… Continue

Posted on March 2, 2008 at 10:00

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At 9:27 on September 29, 2010, N.S.VALLUVAN said…
At 15:23 on June 24, 2010, Terry said…

I'm sure you continue to get raves about Let's Pretend, as people discover it. Consider this the latest rave!
At 9:04 on May 18, 2010, Noemi Veberič Levovnik said…
Thanks for befriending me!
At 1:48 on May 18, 2010, Noemi Veberič Levovnik said…
love your passion.
At 8:18 on February 19, 2010, Kate Vrijmoet said…
helena, wanted to share this with you...
At 14:06 on July 24, 2009, Luke Gilliam said…
Hey no worries Helena. I get the sense you are where I was 4 years ago (not that it ever really stopped....) insanity happening on the left the right, up in front, and in back. All directions.

If I am right (pls forgive if not) - it is one of the best places to be. You can take in all this chaotic energy and throw it back out as Sound and Vision! I love the way you format the text in your pieces like newspaper articles. It makes them punchy and gripping. Bravo!

Pls stay in touch as I've got an artist you will die for to love when you are ready (although you probably already know of him). Best, luke :=========)
At 2:13 on July 21, 2009, daniel chavez said…
hello helena, you have an interesting viewpoint.
At 4:56 on July 17, 2009, Icetrip Estevez said…
Thank you Helena, i really enjoy your process and results in "Lets pretend performance" visual and conceptually very stimulating.
At 18:13 on September 29, 2008, Luke Gilliam said…
hi Helena,

nice to meet you up here - welcome to artreview - home of the unfolding art chaos. peae stay in touch - myself and another artist on artreview are doing a expo in november and quie a few photos will be going up - no institutions or commercial backing involved.

best, luke, bath cit
At 18:47 on August 19, 2008, kika nicolela said…
thanks for the comment, helena!


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