Backwoods Gallery
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Helen Gory

Backwoods Gallery artist Helen Gory. For twenty years Helen ran Helen Gory Galerie, representing some of Australia’s top artists. Over time she found herself increasingly compelled to make her own art, and so retired from the gallery to begin creating. Being an artist is like being in a state of perpetual nervousness, punctuated by moments of clarity and joy. Collage is her primary medium. It’s vibrant and accessible. She loves the juxtaposition of images and feels that collage is as relevant now in the 21st century as is photography, painting, and drawing. It’s a viable, worthy art form. Helen likes to create work that is provocative, be it dark with humour, or political instance.

 
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Helen Gory

For twenty years Helen ran Helen Gory Galerie, representing some of Australia’s top artists. Over time she found herself increasingly compelled to make her own art, and so retired from the gallery to begin creating. Being an artist is like being in a state of perpetual nervousness, punctuated by moments of clarity and joy.

Collage is her primary medium. It’s vibrant and accessible. She loves the juxtaposition of images and feels that collage is as relevant now in the 21st century as is photography, painting, and drawing. It’s a viable, worthy art form.

Helen likes to create work that is provocative, be it dark with humour, or political instance.

Helen Gory’s art pivots upon its connections. Its power lies in its links. Her images seem to unspool and reveal an almost filmic flow of associations. Golden Repair, the title of her solo exhibition refers to the Japanese procedure of Kintsugi – a process that brings together and reconnects fragments of that which was once whole; it is, in essence, an embrace of imperfection. For Gory, the procedure stands as an analogy of the honest acceptance of often overlooked and almost forgotten aspects of her inner self.
— Ken Wach, Associate Professor and former Principal Research Fellow and Head of the School of Creative Arts at The University of Melbourne

Upcoming exhibitions by helen gory

July 20th TO August 5TH, 2018, in my room 

"Mother says there are locked rooms inside all women; kitchen of lust, bedroom of grief, bathroom of apathy."

– from 'The House' by Warsan Shire

In My Room is the telling title of Helen Gory's newest body of works - at once an invitation and a provocation. Strongly symbolist in nature and style, she has created a blueprint that challenges the viewer to encroach on her personal space; both as audience and interrogator.

Gilt-laden images are scratched into the paper, challenging its singular appearance. I am reminded of Austrian-born artist Gustav Klimt, who once said something like 'art is a line around your thoughts'. This idea resonates throughout Gory's works, which are at once deeply personal and universal. Draw a line; make a point; take a stand; risk something.

Gory's oil-stick women delve backwards into unrevealed pockets of spaces, memories compartmentalised into separate 'rooms'. Her challenge - and ours - is to slowly, carefully unpack these subtle chimeras; expose their interior to the outer world. Woman with Leaf speaks loudest without uttering a word. Verging on naïve, these night-shade women hover between darkness and illumination. Their talisman tools may well be props; striking a pose that both regales and invites us inside. 

– Vicki Finkelstein, Art Curator


Work in progress