Helen Gotlib


Helen Gotlib

Michigan

Nature repeats itself through texture and form. My primary visual concern has always been an effort to document the subtle expressive beauty of nature’s patterns and the cycle of life through my explorations of the natural world.

Visual associations are created between seemingly unrelated images. Patterns of nature yield compelling results when filtered through subjective experience. By concentrating on the intricate beauty of the interiors of plants the image associations are less obvious.

Whether drawing or printmaking I work additively and subtractively in order to create weathered atmosphere. Once I have captured the essence of the subject, I continue working the piece independently of the model using a variety of unconventional techniques. Layers of ink followed by layers of gouache are often rubbed away using a scrubber brush to generate texture. In other cases, I will spray my drawings with a vigorous jet of water faucet to create liquid effects.