A Skin Which I Caress 2019

A mash up of conflicting feminine and feminist ideals, this work questions whether gender is performative or essentialist, while providing recipes for cooking potatoes and advice on how to please your husband when he comes home from work.

Hermine Dreaming 2019

Hermine discovers affect theory by unwrapping a mysterious gift.

Hermine 2019

A topsy-turvy journey down a bleak hallway, a children's rhyme weaves in and out of the disorienting tumble, the body in architecture, a round peg in a square hole. The body as a vessel holding life, leaking death, the house as a casket. Is this home, or just the passage?

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Helena Wadsley



Helena Wadsley is a Vancouver-based artist working with performance and video, community-based collaboration, textiles, drawing and painting. Her work involves careful studies of the processes by which we develop a sense of belonging, through dress or language for example. She has participated in several residencies in the last few years, making work in Morocco, Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain. Her work has been exhibited in Canada, the US, India, Bolivia, Portugal, Italy and Greece. In 2018-2019, she has had, or will have, solo and group shows and screenings in British Columbia, the Yukon, New Brunswick, New York, Italy, India, Bolivia and Australia. She has been the recipient of Canada Council and BC Arts Council grants. Her writing has been published in Galleries West magazine.

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