Visual notes on Helena Almeida

Originally posted on sherrywigginsblog:
above left: Helena Almeida, Pintura Habitada, 1977 above right: Sherry Wiggins, “test” not painted blue yet, 2015 The above image of Helena Almeida’s work from 1977 on the left is shown with an image that was taken of me in my studio in Boulder just before I left (that I have…

Helena Almeida

How come I don’t know anything about the Portuguese artist Helena Almeida?! I must hasten to add: Helena Almeida is highly regarded – by those who know her, but if you try to do any research on her work you’ll find your sources to be … sparse (to put it mildly). There is, I believe, two…

Transcending the limits of the picture

Pink Canvas for Wearing (1969) is the first photograph in Helena Almeida’s (b. in Lisbon 1934) career, after working for more than a decade as a painter since graduating from the Faculty of Fine Arts of Lisbon in 1955. Through this playful work, Almeida seems to discover the possibility of functioning as a painting through the medium…

Ars Poetica XII: Art is a question

In my last post I offered a few points from Siri Hustvedt’s truly interesting essay on Louise Bourgeois. One of the things I have been thinking about since, is Hustvedt’s assertion that: A work of art is always part person, that is: a work of art is part-thing-part-person, it is this aliveness – according to…