They have always been with us. The same beggar who stretched a suppliant palm toward the passing togas of ancient Rome can be found today on Colfax Avenue in Denver, still thirsty for wine; the bruised and broken woman who slept in the gutters of medieval Paris now beds down in a cardboard box in a vest-pocket park in New York City. They exist on the fringes, taking meals when they find them and shelter where they can. Most have drifted well past the limits of respectability, many deep into alcoholism or mental illness. The public usually views their very existence as a shame, a distasteful fact of life met — when it must be faced at all — with averted eyes.
The Mexican is grave, taciturn, and melancholic, with a deeply rooted love of the mysterious, slow to anger, yet almost inhuman in the violence of his passions when aroused. He is usually gifted with a logical mind, quickness of apprehension, and an ability to regard the subtle side of things with great nicety. Patient and imitative, the ancient Mexican excelled in those arts which demanded such qualities in their execution. He had a real affection for the beauty in nature and a passion for flowers…
Helena Hauss grew up in the heart of Paris. Having always had an artistic personality, Hauss had a tendency to live in her imagination, and this is where she discovered her unique way of communicating her thoughts; with a bic pen. Hauss spent most of her days working on new ways of using this unlikely weapon of choice. Through constant use and practice, we can see a tender relationship between Hauss and her materials with surprising results.
Helena Hauss is currently showing in our WORKS ON PAPER exhibition at the Brick Lane Gallery until 16th March 2014. The WORKS ON PAPER exhibition programme is open to all artists from all over the world. To take part in any future exhibitions please contact email@example.com
Artist and feminist Carla Accardi (1924-2014) in her studio in Rome
From Carla Lonzi’s Autoportrait, 1969