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Past Exhibitions

'The Jefferson Grid'
Hume Global Learning Centre Gallery, Sunbury
19 Feb - 27 Mar 2020


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Photo by Ian Hill Photography showing the five Quilts and the Airplane Chair Installation, Mar 2020

This exhibition was my sixth solo exhibition and the first in a public gallery.  The 29 artworks were inspired by my encounter with the expansive quilt like landscape known as the Jefferson Grid when I looked out of an airplane window between Denver, Colorado and Shreveport, Louisiana in September 2018.  This moment of profound inspiration led to an intense desire to capture this feeling and explore it's essence.


Photo by Ian Hill Photography showing the Squaring the Circle Embroidery Series, The Jefferson Grid Drawing Series and the Airport Chair Installation.

The exhibition included an opening event with speeches by Michael Breen of WaterLife Sunbury and Kelly Jones, Director of Carbon8 Not for Profit.  A Make a Quilt Block Workshop was held on Saturday 29th Feb 2020 and participants are currently creating a quilt for the Hume Library, Sunbury.  An Artist's Talk was held on Thursday 5th Mar 2020.

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Participants in the Make a Quilt Block Workshop held in the gallery space on Saturday 29th Feb 2020

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Front Window of the Hume Global Learning Centre Gallery, Sunbury during The Jefferson Grid exhibition. Photo by Ian Hill Photography.

'Tassels and Fragments'
Falkner Gallery, Castlemaine 
29 March – 19 May 2018

My art connects the past with the present using symbols that can lead to healing and growth. Using textiles as a metaphor for the human condition, in this show my Tassel drawings could represent our inherent need to be noticed.  By comparison, maybe my Fragment drawings attempt to capture the more private, vulnerable parts of us that are hidden within.

 

'Tassels and Fragments', Falkner Gallery, 2018



'Tassels and Fragments', Falkner Gallery, 2018


'Mountain Life'
Gisborne Gazette 
1 – 31 May 2018

“In this series of works on paper, local artist Helen Fraser uses meditative line drawing to capture the essence of the mountain as both an external and internal symbol of strength, vulnerability and spirituality.  Born in Kyneton in 1970, she returned to the region ten years ago and describes a sense of ‘coming home’ to herself since living near the mountains.  She hopes you will enjoy these artworks as a reminder of the inner beauty and peace that can be found living in the Macedon Ranges.”



'Mountain is Myself'
Gallerysmith Project Space, North Melbourne 
11 – 20 May 2017

While undertaking intensive psychotherapy over a two and a half year period, artist, psychologist and psychoanalytic psychotherapist Helen Fraser recorded the process in this series of repetitive line drawings.  A fleeting yet profound moment in early 2015 connected her to the image of an internal mountainscape that stretched for eternity.  It had a flat base and rolling, undulating peaks which continued as far as the eye could see.  Was this her true self in the form of a mountain?  What did it represent?  This body of work aims to recreate that moment and provide a contemplative and meditative space to reflect on the relationship we all have with mountains within our internal and external worlds.

Why climb a mountain?

Look! A mountain there.

 

I don’t climb mountain.

Mountain climbs me.

 

Mountain is myself.

I climb on myself.

 

There is no mountain

nor myself.

Something

moves up and down

in the air.

By Nanoa Sakaki



'Mountain is Myself', Gallerysmith Project Space, 2017 

 

 

'Mountain is Myself', Gallerysmith Project Space, 2017 



'Mountain is Myself', Gallerysmith Project Space, 2017 



'Mountain is Myself', Gallerysmith Project Space, 2017 

'Mummy, I've Lost My Teddy'
Alternating Current Art Space, Windsor 
28 April – 20 May 2017

Mummy, I’ve Lost my Teddy examines the role objects play to placate ‘during times of transition, uncertainty and change.’ Here, Helen Fraser draws upon the psychoanalytic theory of Donald Winnicott, who coined key concepts such as ‘transitional objects’ and ‘transitional experience.’ Exploring the relationship between childhood and adulthood, Fraser seeks to present an object’s ongoing function to comfort throughout our lives. Drawing upon her own attachment to a childhood Teddy, the artist reflects upon how ‘soft toys, security blankets and the like’ can serve as tools to help us cope with the complexities of adulthood.


'Mummy, I've Lost My Teddy', Alternating Current Art Space, 2017 

 



'Mummy, I've Lost My Teddy', Alternating Current Art Space, 2017 

 


'Mummy, I've Lost My Teddy', Alternating Current Art Space, 2017 

 


'Mummy, I've Lost My Teddy', Alternating Current Art Space, 2017 

 

 

'Footsteps through the Forest'
Exhibit Artist Space, Kyneton
12 – 30 June 2013

“Harness your courage and take a leap of faith.  Feel fear yet choose to act, follow your heart to your true nature, letting the creatures within you guide you through the forest to persevere even in the face of adversity.  Work hard to recover your true self.” Helen Fraser

From the forest of the mind, this exhibition will take you on a journey of new wonder and startling familiarity.  In this show, Helen Fraser presents a series of textile figures, sculptures and paintings that capture her deep fascination with human nature and the unconscious.  This thought provoking exhibition of 42 pieces explores the influence of land, memory and place on our inner landscape.  Helen is a Macedon Ranges based artist, born in Kyneton in 1970.  As an emerging artist, this is her first solo exhibition in which she explores the impact of her childhood move to the Whipstick Forest, north-west of Bendigo.  The forest was an intrinsic nurturer of her authentic self and became entwined with her imagination and memory.  (Exerpt from essay by Samantha Sabaratnam)


'Footsteps Through The Forest', Exhibit Artist Space, 2013
 


'Footsteps Through The Forest', Exhibit Artist Space, 2013


'Footsteps Through The Forest', Exhibit Artist Space, 2013


'Footsteps Through The Forest', Exhibit Artist Space, 2013


'Footsteps Through The Forest', Exhibit Artist Space, 2013