Today we are going to have a light hearted browse through the quirky art of Helga Stentzel, a Siberian-born multidisciplinary artist based in London, UK. She finds humour and personality in the everyday, household items of life.
Helga’s website further describes her achievements:
"She works across a wide range of media including photography, illustration, videography, sculpture and mural design. Helga received "Food Art Creator of the Year" award in 2020 and has collaborated with Hermes, Amazon, BBC, Honda and O2, among others. She has participated in multiple group exhibitions in New York and London, and held a solo show in Seoul in 2022. A St. Martins alumna, Helga worked in the advertising industry and ran a children’s clothing business before becoming a full-time artist." 1
To get a taste of her work, I was particularly drawn to her Clothesline Animal Series which she has immortalised in quality framed prints:
Aren’t they wonderful!? So much fun!
She describes her motivations:
“My art is about finding magic in the mundane, seeing beauty in imperfections, and connecting to our reality in a new way. I love noticing playful similarities - be it a sweater on a clothing line looking like a horse or a slice of bread resembling a dog’s head. It’s only the starting point though. From this moment onward the stories and visuals start buzzing in my head: What will this horse look like? What’s her name and character? Does she like racing with other horses? - the list goes on and on!" 1
"I hope that my art will help people to connect with their inner child and rediscover the joy of savouring little visual delights inside and outside their homes.” 1
You might like to browse through more of Helga’s work, which follows on in other series, after the Clothesline Animal Series, in the bookmark below:
- With thanks to Helga Stentzel, via her website.
(Helga also has a presence on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, if you are interested to learn more.)