I explore the layers and complexities of femininity, physical beauty and the intricate wonderland of the mind. Elusive thoughts and feelings, joys and sorrows, humor and darkness are an integral part of the subject matter. I depict images of my friends and myself in intimate moments of self-reflection and celebration. Private rituals such as dressing, undressing and looking in the mirror are reoccurring themes. Whether a single portrait or a multi-figural composition, the figures tend to not face the viewer, but rather to each be in a contemplative state. I use formal elements such as color, light and patterns to create specific, often emotionally charged moods. My work is tied to the reality and imagination inherent in the feminine realm.
Helena Wurzel was born in Newton, MA in 1980. She received her undergraduate degree from Brown University in 2003 and received her MFA from Boston University in 2007. Her paintings are on display at the Jonathan Adler Retail Boutique in Los Angeles, CA. She works as an independent artist for the fashion label KateSpade Saturday. In this role, she creates original paintings for the online promotion of the label. The artist lives and works in Cambridge, MA.