Helen van Stolk’s fifth solo exhibition, and fourth with AITY Gallery in Franschhoek, ‘The Magic & The Mystery’, is a celebration of colour and varied mark-making.
This collection’s fully immersive large scale presence invites us in with open arms. With fascination and enchantment, Helen’s external tangible world is woven into her work and alchemised with her internal thoughts.
To add to the vibrancy of the conversation, the odd poet or word, musician or note, artist or colour palette shows up – messengers of such delight, adding energy that excites.
Leaning into what uplifts and deeply moves her, and the energy of vibrating colours and layers of varied mark-making, we are brought to a place where time stands still. A moment we can capture and savour – a blend of affinity and focus.
“I work with flow, leveraging off memories, feelings and emotions – so present in the moment when nothing else matters. It becomes a game of giving and receiving. When this happens I have found my way,” explains Helen.
The photos are taken at Helen’s studio, capturing the essence of her artistic beauty. Her colour palette reminds us of an enchanted forest. Dried flowers, botanical books and poetry are scattered on the studio floor. Helen takes us on a journey into her fascinating way of seeing beauty in everything.
Captured by the magic and alive in the mystery.
‘The Magic & The Mystery’ opens its doors Saturday the 9th of April at 11am at AITY Gallery in Franschhoek and runs until the 9th of May.