She is one of
Helga is highly self-reflective, and through her art, she inspires us to also be reflective.
“I feel that this art must enter into the world because of its technical uniqueness and the message it contains. As far as I know, there is no one else in the world who sands paper to remove the block to light. This enables me to create images that are lit from behind.”
It can take as long as a week to sand a work measuring as high as 11 feet. Each one is rather mesmerizing and sometimes quizzical As well, she creates torsos from clay, and then a mould which she removes upon its completion. Fortified paper pulp is the end result. A light is beamed from behind it.
What is so exciting about her art is the immediate feeling of being transported into another world – a galaxy of possibilities where the unknown becomes a mysterious hopeful ride. And it’s one you want to take over and over again: each time you look at the same piece, something new is offered; you come away feeling more enlightened.
“My identity switched from a personal to a more universal perspective. For example, in my bodies of light reliefs, the provenance for inspiration comes from Hubble space photos within and surrounding the body itself. The microcosm and the macrocosm of our universe are contained within ourselves.”
Internationally, Schleeh has exhibited in
Her website is http://www.helgaschleeh.com/Welcome.html.