Technique and Style in Art
Helen Zhong sees her diverse skills as different tools of expression. She says:
“I strive to choose the perfect combination of tools that best delivers my message.”
She often finds herself reaching for the medium of performance and happenings. Their setup is often reminiscent of the works of Marina Abramovic, Helen’s big inspiration. For example, in her performance “The most comfortable me”, she sat on a chair in an uncomfortable position in front of the camera for 8 hours. Despite the discomfort, she was acting in a way that manifested restfulness, comfort, and ease. In her other work, “The Blonde”, she changed her hair color and observed how people’s attitude towards her changed together with it.
Altering her appearance is her way of drawing attention to her actions. While artists like Cindy Sherman would use a disguise to remove the “self”, Helen makes sure to intentionally retain her individuality. She wants to remind people that she – the artist, and her conscience is very much present, while her body is being used as a vessel to convey a universal message. Her other works include “The Yearned Cosmos”, which she performed at the El Carme Cultural Center of Badalona. These performances also exist as video footage, and she would often incorporate techniques like Cinema 3D, Premier, After Effects, or virtual reality to enhance an unique viewing experience.
Besides acting, performing, and video works, Helen Zhong also uses painting, stamping, and collage as her media of choice. Her compositions are bold, abstract, with sharply geometric shapes and full of saturated colors. While she gravitates towards an urban style, she has also experimented with organic forms and softer compositions. In Helen’s artistic practice, a painting can be a sub-product of performance, and vice-versa. Her work is fluid and untamed, but undoubtedly all moving in the unified direction of her train of thought.