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Lucas And His Father

Oil painting on canvas 30”x40” in progress

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Oil painting on canvas 30”x40” in progress

"Clean YO Beard"

"Clean YO Beard"
Digital collage installation in progress

“No Dogs On The Beach"

“No Dogs On The Beach"
Digital collage installation in progress

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About Amy

Baltimore City

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Amy Helminiak is a multimedia artist who was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland where she started her pursuits in the arts under the direction of her father, a painter.  After being awarded competitive arts scholarships she studied at The Maryland Institute College of Art and graduated with a BFA. She later continued her studies at a classical art atelier, The Schuler School of Art, focusing in painting techniques of the old Dutch masters and classical sculpture. Recently she graduated... more

"Lucas's Father"

2019-ongoing

"Lucas's Father" is a painting series that is focused on my husband's interactions with my son. The series was inspired by my day to day observations of my family. Each painting displays my husband and son with myself and my cat cropped partially out of the composition. I chose to cut part of myself out to make a statement that I am not the focal point, but the observer. I chose to crop the cat in each piece because I find it entertaining :) With this series I explore a female's perspective and redefine a man's role in the constructs of family.

After becoming a mother it was not my instinct as an artist to paint myself with my child, even though I have been exposed to many inspiring mother and child paintings. My initial instinct was to paint my husband with my son. After completing a few sketches it made me pause. I have not seen many images of fathers tending to their children. I have not seen many paintings that share my day to day experience. As a woman artist I am conditioned by the man's perspective, but recently I question: how has the exclusion of the female's experience in art affect the social constructs we build today?

The series began in 2019 and is ongoing.

"Digital Me Never Sleeps"

2019-ongoing

"Digital Me Never Sleeps" is a series that concentrates on how we exist online. I approach it much like I do in observational painting. I observe and simplify what I see while keeping myself open so I can transcend through the work and share a part of myself in the process.

The work is made from appropriated google images that are realized in tangible form, hand cut prints on paper, that are arranged as large wall mural installations and collages.

This series is currently being developed.

Water Needs Love Too

2019
Our species was not meant to just survive, but also to enjoy. With my series “Water Needs Love Too” I focus on our innocent, imaginative and playful relationship to the element.

The works are realized through appropriated google images such as water guns, pool floats and popsicles. They are arranged in playful and sometimes narrative compositions. I utilize google images to create this series to give the works a sense of familiarity and community. The images can be recognized as images seen in ads, stock photos or on Instagram.

When I begin a piece, I start with an object that I have a connection with, for instance, water wings remind me of my first memory of learning to float and it became the object of focus in “If I Had Wings I Would Swim.” It is arranged in repetitive circles which act as a metaphor of water rippling after something has been thrown into it.

As I worked on this series, I thought of the different sensations of water. This can best be seen in the piece “Sticky Lips,” a piece comprised by multiple images of popsicles thrown into a pile. I also focused on possible narratives such as “Don’t Get Me Wet” a piece that brings together an array of water guns and water balloons symbolizing a water fight.

Within this series I focus on beauty with “I Dream Of Swimming Pools” a piece that displays alternating images of roses and arial views of swimming pools and come to a place of humor with “It Was Good While It Lasted” a group of pool float friends that are crammed together into a small space.

As a whole “Water Needs Love Too” gives the viewer the space to observe water where its accessibility and quality are not a concern. Where exploration and enjoyment are the driving force in our relationship to the element.

Title/Medium/Size/Date

“I Dream Of swimming Pools”
Digital collage printed on Cotton Rag Paper
48”x40.5” 30 individual prints 8”x8” measured unframed (121cmx101cm)
2019

“Sticky Lips”
Digital collage printed on Cotton Rag Paper 30”x30” measured unframed
(76cmX76cm)
2019

“It Was Good While It Lasted”
Digital collage printed on Cotton Rag Paper 18”x36” measured unframed
45cmx91cm)
2019

“Don’tGet Me Wet”
Digital collage printed on Cotton Rag Paper 61”x75” 69 individual prints 8”x8” (154cmx190cm)
2019

“If I Had Wings I Would Swim”
Digital Collage Printed on Cotton Rag Paper 55”x55” measured unframed (140cmx140cm)
2019

  • "Don’t Tell The Neighbors"

    "Don’t Tell The Neighbors"
    Digital collage printed on Cotton Rag Paper 18”x36” 2019
  • 'Sticky Lips"

    "Sticky Lips"
    Digital collage printed on Cotton Rag Paper 30”x30” measured unframed (76cmX76cm) 2019
  • "Don’t Get Me Wet"

    "Don’t Get Me Wet"
    Digital collage printed on Cotton Rag Paper 61”x75” 69 individual prints 8”x8” (154cmx190cm) 2019
  • "If I Had Wings I would Swim"

    "If I Had Wings I would Swim"
    Digital Collage Printed on Cotton Rag Paper 55”x55” measured unframed (140cmx140cm) 2019
  • "It Was Good While It Lasted"

    "It Was Good While It Lasted"
    Digital collage printed on Cotton Rag Paper 48”x40.5” 30 individual prints 8”x8” measured unframed (121cmx101cm) 2019

A Single Piece of Cloth

2018-2019

A single piece of cloth is a series of digital collages printed on fabric that illustrates the current transformations of culture. Inspired by story quilts they are printed on fabrics and hung like tapestries.

  • The-Rose-Garden.jpg

    The Rose Garden
    “The Rose Garden” shows a white alligator being carefully removed from a rose garden by hands covered with surgical gloves symbolizing the removal of the white male dominance in popular culture. Printed on fabric 50"x50"
  • The Way My Garden Grows

    The Way My Garden Grows
    “The Way My Garden Grows”portrays a bra paired with male underwear surrounded by magnolias and butterflies that are being nourished by garden hoses. Inspired by Angela Ponce, Miss Spain, this work speaks of transgenders as a symbol of strength and beauty. Printed on fabric 50"x50"
  • Roller Girl, That Bitch Ain’t Funny

    Roller Girl, That Bitch Ain’t Funny
    Digital Collage Printed on fabric 50’x50"
  • My Elephant My Room

    My Elephant My Room
    Digital Collage Printed on fabric 50”x50"
  • Before They Take It All Away

    Before They Take It All Away
    Digital Collage Printed on fabric 50”x50"
  • Dead Fox, Native Dream

    Dead Fox, Native Dream
    Digital Collage Printed on fabric 50”x50"
  • Theres No Place Like Home

    Theres No Place Like Home
    Digital Collage Printed on fabric 50”x50"
  • Where I Use To Live

    Where I Use To Live
    Digital Collage Printed on fabric 50”x50"

Orange Trees Are Mostly Green

2016-2018

“Orange Trees Are Mostly Green” focuses on the ambiguity of Language in the Digital Age and the way it shapes our culture. At the same time, it explores the complexities of the volume of information currently amassed on a digital/virtual level, and the unified voice it has created.

Realized through emoji inspired symbols paired with a short phrase, each piece works to express complex personal experiences, thoughts or ideas to its viewer mimicking new communication techniques that have risen from texting and social media.The work takes form from hundreds of appropriated images from Internet searches that visually amplify the information to be processed by the viewer. Reminiscent of binary code and ancient cuneiform writing, these alternating patterns reinforce its intent to be observed as a language. At the same time, they confer to it, in aesthetic terms, a frequency of digital noise.

While “Digital Landscape” admittedly gives precedence of an objective to communicate, its heart lies within the ambiguity it projects. By not maturing to full clarity, the series embodies the spirit of a collective consciousness that is currently under development within our Digital Age.

This Must Be The Place

'This Must Be The Place' explores the intersects of femininity across cultures and history. Realized through found paper images the works combine ancient artifacts, modern objects and imagery.

Works completed 2015-2017