Originally from the Netherlands and now based in RVA, Helen Roberts has been
sculpting for only three years, yet her talent far exceeds the short time she’s
taken up the medium. In her prior career, Helen was an interior designer, and
she brings her attentive eye for details to her art. Today, she’s passionate
about her sculpting and works hard to expand her techniques. To do so, she mentors under local artists David Camden and Paul DiPasquale.
In her RAS show, “… the essence of what affects us …” Helen’s art evokes the human spirit of emotion, in all its raw form. The textures she captures in each sculpture can often skew the detailed features normally associated with the human body, inviting us instead to reconnect our relationships with the human form.
"Despairing Boy - bust"
“My sculpture expresses those aspects of life’s dramas that have kept my mind occupied for a long time: the essence of what affects us humans emotionally all over the world, whatever the time, place, culture or circumstance,” Helen explains on her website.
"Despairing Boy - study"
While one piece can evoke melancholy, a longer visit with the sculpture will invite elegance, curiosity and introspection. Helen’s ability to layer these emotions, often in the same piece, with such intricate simplicity truly sets her apart as a notable up-and-coming RVA artist.
“… the essence of what affects us …” has a limited run at Rocketts Art Studios at Rocketts Landing. We hope to see you at the open house next week!
Photo credits: Helen Roberts