– Helen Johnson –

By Summer 2007

Johnson’s works are not what they appear. Their steely strength lies in the way they welcome viewers into a delicately rendered realm, luring us with a false sense of security, only to pull the rug from under our feet. At which point the work’s ‘wallpaper’ is removed, to uncover the gritty grain of life ... In Johnson’s world, appearances are both deceiving and revealing. – Michael Fitzgerald

Helen Johnson, Assembling a propositional register: individual action in society as environmental science; a dream of the forest (nothing happened in the dream, there was only the complex, wet smell, leaf litter and dimness. He was a part of it), 2006, detail; acrylic, pencil and mixed media, dimensions variable; ARTAND Australia Emerging Artist Collection; courtesy the artist and Sutton Gallery, Melbourne; photograph Andrew Curtis