Helena Hauss is a 29-year-old French artist who lives in Paris and known for her extremely detailed ball-point pen drawings.
Hauss has recently joined the world of sculptures.
In an interview with Bored Panda, Helena detailed her decision to switch media. “There were some things inside me I wanted to express which I felt I couldn’t do with just a drawing, I wanted to go beyond that. I needed to create an actual object that would say it all once you saw it,” she explained. “Something allegoric, a metaphor where people could go, “Here. This is exactly how I’ve been feeling all this time”.
She named her ‘porcelain’ project ‘Hel* Hath no Fury’. “It’s an approach to represent the inner strength and fury that comes with being a woman, in contrast to an appearance of delicacy we’re too often branded with,” the artist elaborated.
“Women have repeatedly been construed as the “weaker sex” and are regularly being preyed on or diminished in some way or another,” Hauss continued on the inspiration behind her sculptures.“Too often portrayed as fragile and delicate, this project is an expression of the contrasting subtleties that come with femininity, as well as an attempt at vindication from a feeling of constant vulnerability that’s been forced upon us.
” The ‘ceramic’ weapons are a symbol of ‘inner strength, fury, and empowerment’.
Sculptures look delicate and look like precious china sets hidden in a cupboard, they are very sturdy. Hauss made polyurethane, a polymer that can be used for sculpting. “I wanted something strong that wouldn’t break easily, as a metaphor for its subject. Something that would look like Porcelain but isn’t,” the artist explained.
Asking about the message behind her art, Hauss said, “I think that’s when artworks best: not with an agenda, but when done with sincerity,” she added.
“It’s the difference between a song written for the masses and one written from the heart: where the lyrics hit you like something you can relate to.That’s the human experience and in the end, it’s much more powerful than any political agenda: because that’s when we’ll all do better when we truly understand each other.
“The word perception is the best one you could have used: in the end, that’s the real problem, misunderstanding, and ignorance,” the artist told Bored Panda.
Hauss also stressed that her art is a sincere expression of herself – “We’re too often perceived as something we’re not, and the best way to change that is to show ourselves, make ourselves be seen, be heard.”
Talking about her next project, Helena said, “I’m currently working on a special piece made all in embroidery, tackling the same kind of idea by using both decorum and cynicism,” she let us have an exclusive glimpse at her next project.
“Most of my work explores that similar theme of Irreverence, it’s all about challenging imposed labels and reveling in one’s own identity rather than having to apologize for it.”
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