Helen Calder


Arrangement for 15 Colours (15/44)

  • 2012
  • Acrylic paint, stainless steel pins
  • Gift of the artist, 2014
  • 1750 x 2850mm
  • 2014/041:1-59

Christchurch-based artist Helen Calder pulls paint out into open space to explore its sculptural properties. She wrote in 2013:

When paint is freed from a flat support, its thickness and rubbery plasticity is evident. The ‘freed’ paint objects have fronts, edges and backs and of course colour all the way through. The physical ‘undoing of painting’ makes it possible to have parts that are interchangeable rather than fixed; open-ended paintings that can continue to evolve through different locations and time.

(Unseen: The Changing Collection, 18 December 2015 – 19 June 2016)

Exhibition History