Helen Martino
ceramics
My sculptures depict life and the interactions between people and are often set within a landscape. They are intimate in scale, yet quietly powerful.
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I make ceramic sculptures which embody a sense of narrative. Each piece within a series explores an element of the story through a change in scale, movement, composition or colour. I am fascinated by body language within both the moving and still image. I find inspiration, for example, in the exaggerated and stylised movements expressed by actors in silent movies - but equally interesting to me is the way in which narrative is depicted within Mogul and Persian miniature paintings. Here, a still gesture, combined with often intricate and symbolic composition, captures a moment which tells both a past and a future story. My sculptures, often intimate in size, attempt to embody this moment. My intention though is to imply the greater narrative we can each create in our own minds when viewing the work. For me it is not just the form of the sculpture that matters but also its surface. Here there is the chance to build up layer on layer of texture, pattern and colour that gives each piece its individual character, mood and story.