Helen Bess is a “Soft” steampunk, Avant-garde, contemporary assemblage artist working with embellishments, with found objects, all manner of hardware, wire, glass seed beads, paint, trim, an assortment of decorative beads and unusual papers, solder and glass etc. Subjects include boxes, birdhouses, shoes, plaques, clocks, furniture, animal heads and all types of 3D finds.
Inspirations include lines and curves of objects that call to be transformed into something other than what they were originally meant to be. Industrial mechanical objects. Gears, costume jewelry, and chains. Textile design and tile.
Phoenix Pratt School of Design in New York N.Y. and St. Petersburg Community College in Florida
Helene studied art in Europe as a young adult before attending the formal art schools mentioned above. Her diverse commissions have ranged from Florida to Hawaii. She has exhibited in numerous galleries over the past several years and many featured artist showings throughout the country. She has shown at The Gallery at Avalon Island in Orlando, Besharat Gallery in Atlanta, Artland in St. Augustine, Tresor Gallery in Winterpark, W.B. Tatter Gallery in St. Augustine. She is presently showing Florida CraftArt in St. Petersburg and Bowersock Gallery in Mt. Dora. Her work (in collaboration with artist husband Eric) is included in many private collections, including New Port Beach Cal., Ponte Verde FL., New York, Atlanta, Washington D.C., London And Paris.
She owned & operated her own art studio “Artistic Endeavors” in Melbourne, Fl. in the early ’80’s as well as a business offering stained glass and sand carved glass. She freelanced for several sportswear companies and in the early 90’s. She started “Artistic Hand” doing embellishments & murals for homes & businesses throughout the country.
In addition to mixed media & painting, in 2004 she became passionate about a new 3D art form she calls “Wisdom Art”, a merger of assemblage, embellishment, & high-end craft.
Her goal is to entice, inspire and engage the viewer in examining and questioning unorthodox materials, transporting the observer into another “realm”. Essentially undefinable, this 3D art combines elements of “steampunk”, manipulating discarded objects, hardware, and glitz into a fantasy creation. When each art piece is contemplated, each side presents a diverse texture, color, pattern and unique composition. Helene tends toward extremely intricate detail and always strive for high craftsmanship. But what’s most important to her personally is the pure joy of transporting herself along with the emerging piece and hopefully bringing the viewer along with her.
An uplifting message/story accompanies each piece.