Atmospheric Imagery: Art by Helen Vokatý
British Columbia-based artist Helen Vokatý creates works that deal with a wide range of subject matter, ranging from personal to environmental. Stylistically, Helen’s works are subtly textural and rely on unified color schemes and atmospheric imagery.
I really like Helen’s series Pipelines and Paint. The works in the series are very cohesive, using an aesthetic that stays true to Helen’s overall practice while still being very particular to the idea at hand. In these works, Helen reimagines the idea of a natural gas pipeline, taking a potentially destructive man-made force and appropriating it into colourful, patterned abstractions.
Helen’s ART itecture series is also quite pleasing. Inn these works, the artist takes on a much more minimal aesthetic, using flat blocks of bright colour and geometric lines and shapes. These works remind me of the paintings of Lili Phelouzat, in their use of flat planes of colour to suggest and create three-dimensional objects and spaces.