Helen Calder


Yellow Blue Red Black

  • 2012-2016
  • Water-based enamel, silicon cord
  • Gift of the artist, 2018
  • 2018/059

Taking an approach shaped to an extent by architectural theory, Helen Calder has parted company with traditional frame and canvas support, and also representational intent. She considers these hanging paint skins to be “very bodily”, being approximately human height and reminiscent of coverings of cloth. In 2013, while in the early stages of making this work, Calder said she was interested in the physical “undoing of painting” and in making works with “parts that are interchangeable rather than fixed … open-ended paintings that can continue to evolve through different locations and time.”

(As Time Unfolds, 5 December 2020 – 7 March 2021)

Exhibition History