Helena Tahir realises her unique artistic style through drawing, graphics, painting and photography. Taking full advantage of the creative process to build content, she embraces the freedom and breadth offered by each medium.
Her interests are varied, and she is reluctant to define her style in conversation. Whenever she works on a new project, Helena wants to finish it in one sitting, without pause. She uses many techniques and has formed a deep bond with drawing and linocut printmaking. The artist’s experimental printmaking process involves a number of linocuts layered to create a fresh perspective of distinctive depth and texture. As she works, Helena explores different colours and materials, often inventing entirely new graphic techniques from familiar mediums.
Her artwork is characterised by precision, realism and depth. A special feature is her portraits, which appear in different series and derive from foreign cultures. Her figures (often children) are placed in a chaotic and timeless space, and surrounded by objects which appear without context or pattern. The number of objects forces the viewer into a slow and accurate reading. These portraits often focus on people sidelined by their own society. She finds inspiration in magazines recovered from her uncle’s bookshop; using images and other materials to build a collage which creates a foundation for further artistic exploration.
The free interpretation of Helena’s work invites us to get to know ourselves a little better. The work places us in front of a parallel world, where the ability to feel is just as important as the power to observe. In it, we can see contemporary man, bound in the rhythms of his everyday life and trapped in the circumstances of his time. He lives in a society which pushes him forward with one hand and holds him back with the other.