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    all that remains

      

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  • British artist Helen Acklam lives and works in Bristol, UK

    She holds an MA in Fine Art  from the University of Brighton

     

    Explore more of Helen's work here

    For limited edition prints and original works visit Helen's gallery shop here

    Prices start at £55.00 for prints.

     

     

     

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  • 4 am

     

    150cm x 150cm

    Oil on linen 

  • row 

     

    105cm x 75cm

    Oil on board

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  • women

     

    120cm x 120cm

    Oil on linen

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  • out of sight – out of mind  150cm x 150cm  Oil on paper, mounted on board

  •       the trouble with being explicit is that you sound ok

     really  -  Real-y  it’s messy, unordered, undisciplined

                  out of place                 inappropriate                piercing

                                                  pressing                    trespassing into the everyday

     

                                        There are new bits, unreachable, slipping around

                                             something might seep out  - obliquely - onto a surface

                                                                                                                    ‘before’ crashes into ‘afterwards’                                               doing, undoing, redoing,

                                   tongue-broken


          where was I?  colluding – writing an ‘artist statement’

                                                                                         I make in order to reveal and re-cover

    I write in order to understand

    I try to be tidy, discreet, ambiguous

                                                                            make just enough sense, leave room for others  - why?                                               I’m not brave enough not to…


                                                                    Helen Acklam In Search of Language, 2018        

     




  • Each of Helen Acklam’s paintings are invested with an intensity of emotion. Sensations difficult to pin down draw you into the borders, interiors and surfaces of her canvases. Consistently directed by her own biographical experiences, the paintings emerge and develop intuitively - things seep out.

    Acklam is interested in describing things she is barely conscious of – vague instincts, feelings and sensations that hover somewhere on the border of consciousness, inaccessible to the world of language.   The result is a curious sense of things being displaced, ensnared or hovering in between, with life and death never far from the surface.

    At first glance, her paintings can appear to be entirely abstract. However, isolated figures and faces emerge as if peering through the layers of paint that coat its surface. Slashed, scratched and splashed marks begin to coalesce into fragments that threaten to slice and destroy the subjects within. For the artist, these paintings are vehicles to articulate what cannot and will not be spoken of: in search of a language to employ when words are not enough.

     

    Adapted from an original text by Anneka French.                                                                                                                  >>>>>

  •  Language: "It had to pass through its own answerlessness, pass through a frightful falling mute, pass through the thousand darknesses of death-bringing speech.  It passed through and yielded no words.”    Paul Celan, Poet.

  • HELEN ACKLAM

  • free fall

     

    105cm x 105cm

    Oil on linen 

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  •  birdsong

     

     105cm x 105cm

     Oil on board

  • woman

     

    120cm x 120cm

    Oil on linen

  • out of mind

     

    150cm x 150 cm

    Oil on linen

  • IN SEARCH OF LANGUAGE


     

     

     


  • mute

    18 cm x 42cm

    Oil on board

  • fantasm

     

    105cm x 75cm

    Oil on linen

  • fantasm II

     

    105 cm x 105 cm

    Oil on linen

  •  reflection ii

     

    Oil on linen

    120 cm x 120 cm

  • coming to the surface

     

    105 cm x 105 cm

     Oil on linen

  • reflection i


    Oil on linen

    75 cm x 105 cms

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