Helene Blain Brandt (1936 - 2013)
Helene was a remarkably versatile artist, beginning her career with woodcarving and silk screening and moving on to become a true master of the medium of welded steel tubing. Many of her lesser known works reflect her range and versatility as an artist working in mediums from maquettes, drawings, and writings to a variety of powerful botanically based wall pieces. Some of her latest illustrated short writings are so unusual and powerful, they reveal her uniquely enlightened insights into the human condition, which continued to evolve into her final years.
“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)