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Helen Aitken Kuhnen: Beyond the garden path

Exhibition  /  24 Apr 2009  -  23 May 2009
Published: 07.05.2009
Sabbia Gallery
Management:
Maria Grimaldi Anna Grigson
Helen Aitken-Kuhnen. Object: Light surprise, 2009. Cast glass, anodised aluminium. Helen Aitken-Kuhnen
Object: Light surprise, 2009
Cast glass, anodised aluminium
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Intro
‘The best thing about casting glass is waiting to open the kiln and the excitement/expectation of what is inside, after the firing process. As pieces are unpacked from the mould, long awaited colours and forms are revealed, sometimes devastating, sometimes wonderful.'

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Helen Aitken-Kuhnen
'The best thing about casting glass is waiting to open the kiln and the excitement/expectation of what is inside, after the firing process. As pieces are unpacked from the mould, long awaited colours and forms are revealed, sometimes devastating, sometimes wonderful. This process is for me totally addictive.
This exhibition is about the process of paring back the forms and colours that are in my life and reforming them into wearable objects and small-scale sculptures. My love of nature and wildlife and the world outside I use colour to express the flight of a bird as it passes me by the light through the forest or the colours of the ocean.
As you meander along a path it is what is hidden and what you find unexpectedly that gives the most joy. Sometimes you need to search to find it, hidden behind the obvious’

Helen’s work reflects what is happening in her life and what is around her. She expresses this in the forms she uses and the blocks of colour in her work. In recent times she has been drawn to incidents in her life and the colours that have related to this. The work has in a way become more narrative, but at the same time pared right back to simplified forms that have developed into what she hopes are slightly playful pieces that are meant to be enjoyed.

Helen Aitken-Kuhnen. Neckpiece: Ocean depth, 2008. Cast glass, sandblasted, acid etched + polished. Helen Aitken-Kuhnen
Neckpiece: Ocean depth, 2008
Cast glass, sandblasted, acid etched + polished
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Helen Aitken-Kuhnen. Necklace: My mothers pearls, 2008. Cast glass, anodised aluminium. Helen Aitken-Kuhnen
Necklace: My mothers pearls, 2008
Cast glass, anodised aluminium
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Helen Aitken-Kuhnen. Neckpiece: Ocean blue, 2009. Bullseye glass, sterling silver, stainless steel cable. Helen Aitken-Kuhnen
Neckpiece: Ocean blue, 2009
Bullseye glass, sterling silver, stainless steel cable
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