“I am drawn to multilayered surfaces that invite the viewer’s eyes to wander and to catch glimpses of the many stages a work has gone through. I am also fascinated by the crossover between language and image making, and by the use of words and word-like shapes and forms – the creation almost of a secret language that needs to be deciphered.  I find great joy in the combination of materials and the constant dialogue between painting and drawing. I like looking at (and creating) works that can be “read” as much as seen – in that they invite the viewer to contemplate what is going on underneath the surface and to identify the contrasts, tensions, transitions, colors, and particular marks that create the overall mood of the piece. ”

 

Helen Karanika – Triptych Panel 1 – Acrylic-Mixed-Media-and-Collage on Canvas

Helen Karanika – The Window – Ink & acrylic monotype on Japanese & watercoulour paper

Helen Karanika – Pure blue for luck – Acrylic on Canvas

Helen Karanika – Note to Self 10 – Ink and Pencil on St-Armand paper