Evan Blackwell Helgeson is an artist based in Atlanta, GA. She received her M.F.A from the School of The Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts in Boston, MA, and B.F.A from the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia. She works in painting, drawing, installation, and occasionally ceramics.
"Through my painting practice I am exploring the personal and historical archives of abstraction as it extends beyond the Western canon’s narrow description. Within this context, I am focusing on the edges of abstraction as it interacts with the representational, providing context and influencing the other. The line between the tangible and intangible is hardly stark or well defined, and consequently endlessly generative. The possibilities of abstraction are as vast and varied as culture, lived experience, and perception itself; actively calling to our collective desire to understand and be understood.
In the same way we can physically feel the spiritual or emotional, or emotionally experience the physical; these works will explore how abstraction can be grounded in the cues and context of the representational, while simultaneously elevating the tangible to something more sublime. Furthermore, working in this genre allows for the viewer to bring their own perspectives and histories to the works, completing the action of abstraction that comes by interpretation." -EBH