Narrative and storytelling is a very strong part of Helen Ballardie's paintings and she takes elements of stories from the past and incorporates them into her paintings, bringing a new story to life.
In this series of works, inspired by the artist’s garden in France, Helen often weaves elements of collage in the paintings. Helen likes the juxtapositions made by collage and how, in viewing them, we often try to make sense of the relationships between the random objects and images featured. In this way, an additional narrative is added to the painting by the viewer. Helen likes to take her subjects out of their context, to give them a flat background. She's not interested in full landscapes or interior scenes, but rather the interplay between abstraction and figuration, flattening the images into more of a map like configuration.
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