The need to nurture and the longing to be nurtured are universal emotions of all times and cultures. Helmie does not set out to provoke or to demonstrate her talent. She wants to show and cherish the essence of life as a spectator who at the same time is part of and identifies with the other person. This she shows in a very concrete manner, close to the materials, creating dramatic changes through very small actions.

It’s almost like the chicken and the egg question, who determines what! Mold or form, genes or life experiences? Who determines who you are? To be individual and at the same time be part of a group, a family, a village…Especially in its material concreteness a statue knows how to amaze and to move, it poses existential question and at the same time it aims to question the idolization and the make ability of our existence.

Text : Teja van Hoften