Helliwell, Wendy

I grew up in the 80’s surrounded by pop culture, advertising and the growing mass media (Smash Hits, The Face, I.D, MTV and Cosmopolitan.) The instant skin deep pleasure of consumerism engulfed me. Now as an artist I am in the same relationship, interrogating my motives by ripping and disassembling glossy magazines, packaging, tags, receipts and unnecessary purchases.” 

As a self-confessed fashionista, I celebrate fashion, culture and colour with my contemporary mixed media artworks. Recycling, disassembling and reconstructing, I strives to depict 21st century styles, behaviours and identities.

In my work I choose to showcase diversity using a variety of relevant materials and techniques mixing unconventional with traditional in a completely unique style. From sand mixed with glue, labels, tags, packaging, receipts, glossy magazine pieces, make-up, nail polish, hair, fabrics, clothing, threads, string, amongst other throw away effects.

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