6 September 2017
Artist seeking new home for exhibition to raise awareness of social issues
An artist is looking for a new home for a series of works which have been created to raise awareness of issues such as domestic violence and child exploitation.
Creations by Helen Robinson went on display at an exhibition last month featuring work by MA art students from Wrexham Glyndwr University.
But now the exhibition has ended, she is hoping that her four pieces of work will form a new exhibition which can go on display elsewhere – potentially as part of an interactive exhibit.
Central to each piece of artwork is the theme of control, and how common it is to cases of abuse found in life, whether domestic, sexual, emotional or physical.
Helen moved to North Wales in 2005 to rebuild her life after becoming a victim of a section 18 assault and, after finding solace through art, wants her work to help inspire others to speak out and cope with the effects of abuse.
Helen said: “I’m passionate about motivating and inspiring others and for this reason all of the pieces I’ve created are deliberately simple and symbolic.
“I want people to look at them with an open mind, with their own interpretation, so now they need to be put in a suitable place where the general public can see them.”
One of the pieces – called And So It Continues – features three fists lit up in red, indicating how violence is passed from generation to generation. The work was inspired by Helen thoughts following the Manchester bombing in May 2017.
A woman encased in a glass cage surrounded by the words ‘Dependence’, ‘Shame’ and ‘Guilt’ makes up a piece called ‘Why do they stay’ which explores the issue of why people feel trapped in abusive relationships.
‘Breaking the Vicious Circle’ shows the positive side of a person’s ability to break away from abuse, while the largest piece looks at the issue of people being passive to those suffering abuse.
Three giant, genderless statues face outwards, circling a crying child, in the work which Helen has called ‘Onlookers’.
“Art and non-verbal communication has a powerful, cathartic effect,” added Helen. “So I would love to combine my experience in holistic therapy with the works I’ve created to form an interactive exhibition which helps those who have suffered any form of abuse.”
Helen completed the four pieces of work with help from CS Glaziers, who provided a glass plinth for the Onlookers piece, and Rossett-based Kellectrics. Other assistance came courtesy of friends Lynn Collins and Robert and Julia Smith.