Helen Baines is an artist working mainly with intaglio and relief processes. Her new mono-prints for LOOP2020 were made as a spontaneous reaction to the Black Lives Matter movement. Working with little conscious intervention, the mono-print allowed for a more intuitive way of processing an intensely personal response to a collective issue. The prints’ titles come from ‘Some Days’, a poem written by novelist, essayist, poet and civil rights activist, James Baldwin, for his younger sister, Paula. (Any profits from the Some Days series will go to the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust).
Helen exhibits her work widely through selected exhibitions, as well as with the Printmakers Council. Her work is held in the V&A Museum’s Word and Image Department, the permanent public art collection of the Scarborough Art Gallery and Museum, and features in the book ‘Making an Impression – Printmakers Council at 50’.
Drawing from a broad spectrum of historical and cultural influences, Helen’s work is essentially a response to the landscape; the human histories, our sense of place and the changing environment. Discovering something which prompts further inquiry, Helen explores her subject through drawing and painting, with literature and poetry providing the catalyst for a more nuanced narrative. As such, each piece of work evolves organically through the lengthy proofing and printing process, and by combining directly observed elements with remembered and imaginary forms, Helen hopes to articulate something more elusive or unexpected.