Helene Blain Brandt (1936 - 2013)
Helene was a remarkably versatile artist. She began her career with woodcarving and silk screening then she moved on to master the medium of welded steel. Her many works in steel, multimedia constructions, drawing, and writing reflect her range and versatility. The captioned, introspective drawings, cartoons and videos express unique insights into the human condition.
“I want to reduce the boundary between art and spectator. I want the viewer to walk around and even get inside some of the sculptures, and to understand them both physically and emotionally.” Personal Statement
“Her sculpture has many roots. It suggests Surrealism, Constructivism and the architectural sculptures of Alice Aycock. In its prehistoric and skeletal quality, however, as well as in its craft and humor, Brandt's work feels closest to the sculpture of Nancy Graves. Brandt's work also has a touch of Leonardo, whose presence in this age of inventive Postmodernist profusion seems to be everywhere.” Michael Brenson (New York Times, April 6, 1984)