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Helen Dannelly

Helen Dannelly

Helen works in encaustic sculpture and is interested in the metamorphosis as a natural phenomenon as well as a personal phenomenon.  Her work is inspired by the natural world:  plant life, sea life, pods, seeds, cocoons, coral sea anemones.  They are made of fiber, beeswax, resin and pigment and are a visual representation of what happens to corals as a result of increased water temperatures due to climate change:  they lose their color (or 'bleach') and then turn dark and die.  Helen was inspired to make this work after viewing the award-winning Netflix documentary titled, Chasing Coral, which addresses this issue.  She shares that through this work, she hoped to make others aware of what was happening to our oceans and to the vital life of coral.

Helen is a Chicago-based artist and a member of Chicago Sculptors International.  She studied painting and printmaking at San Franciscon State University and sculpture at the University of Minnesota.  For the past several years, she has been working on two and three dimensional encaustics.