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Helena Hadala RCA

Current Information


Email: hh@helenahadala.com
Artist Statement

The underlying basis of my artistic practice focuses on imagery that reflects rather than describes my perceptual world. Zen Buddhist philosophy and Taoism have informed my life and approach to the creative process. For me, creativity is a result of mindfulness, which in turn inspires content. A search for resonance in between intellect and intuition, idea and action is the underlying impetus of my work. The process allows for contemplation to become visible and take on tangible form.
Major Work in Progress

  • "Walking River" is a collaborative multi-media project with American Taoist artist poet Deng Ming Dao and Canadian composer John Abram.

  • "Words Between Us" (completed 2019). A four-year collaboration with American poet-artist Deng Ming-Dao. Ming-Dao and I independently made visual images in response to the thirty-six poems in the series. The final image is an unedited hybrid, a 50-50-digital compilation of our imagery. Exhibition TBA.

    "Sound" - Deng Ming-Dao & Helena Hadala
    "Sound" Deng/Hadala digital hybrid

  • "Counter" (installed 2019), my 1982 Japanese-style woodcut, has been selected from the Calgary Civic Collection and reproduced on a bus shelter for the MAX Orange Line. The image is featured at the Saddletowne Circle location in NE Calgary. Note: When the new Cancer Centre is completed, this image will also be featured at the Foothills Medical Centre MAX Orange Line bus shelter alongside a clay print by Marion Nicol.

    "Counter" - Helena Hadala

  • "Innocence, Experience and Synthesis" (2018-19), a 3-panel triptych, oil on canvas, each panel 42 in x 48 in commissioned for a private collection (Calgary).

    Innocence, Experience and Synthesis

  • "Silent Passage" (2014-2016) an autobiographical work explores identity, perception and the deeper connotation of Silence. This installation, inspired by Taoist author Deng Ming-Dao's poem "Be Silence", is comprised of 36 large-scale mixed media fabric panels. The translucent characteristic of the fabric pieces is a metaphor for the elusive nature our perceptions and allows for the notational marks and imagery of the seated figure to be visible from both sides. A pronounced vertical format is meant to enhance the sense of stillness. Staggered placement of the panels suspended from the ceiling, offers the viewer an opportunity to physically enter a space of quietude to contemplate silence.

    Documentary video of the installation (videographer: Riley Webster)

  • "Shadows" (2015) an 11 min HD video, was completed in residence at the Banff Centre last year. This video presents sixty mixed media images, each depicting one line of poetry. The poems, written by Deng Ming-Dao, organized into six chapters, reflect the liminal nature of the human condition and speak to the psyche's dualistic nature. Narrated by David Maulsby, the video explores the ephemeral nature of Shadows and suggests luminous, transpersonal realities.

    "Shadows" (2015), HD video, 11 min


All designs, images and text are copyright to Helena Hadala RCA or the exhibiting venues