Helen Hardman, BA (Hons) Art, Philosophy and Contemporary Practices (2.1) 2012.

Graduate of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Class of 2012.

Winner of the  Bernard Cooper Memorial Prize for Printmaking 2012
“Awarded annually to the final year student who has produced the best portfolio of work in that year.”

Originally intended as a means of retaining any sense of creativity after graduating, this blog was trying to be a documentation of what happens when you step out of the undergraduate bubble.  My aim was to create a sketchbook, a collaboration of notes and inspiration, an art piece in itself, a little bit of everything; it didn’t really work.


This work is a project of progress and parallels: of technical ability and confrontation.  The ultimate goal is to question constructed ideas of perfection; ethereality juxtaposed against a forensic replication of an uncontrollable condition.  Choosing photogravure as the medium, I set myself a technical challenge as complicated, time consuming and unforgiving as the skin condition I had overcome.  I came to learn, as with anything, that only through process and learning can we fully achieve our potential; perfect imperfection is as close as we may ever get.  It is the journey and the experiences along the way that make us who we are.

Plans for new work continue upon the theme of progression and parallels, though the eventual outcome and ideology is yet to be discovered.

Print, photography, drawing, paint.  Organisation, curation.  Anything, everything.



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