Helan Pereira's artwork uses her own photographic images with expressive swirls of acrylic paint to create a new aesthetic and dynamic artwork. Her works question the ideals of humanity and the interwoven layers of modern life.
She draws inspiration from the balance between the modern and traditional cultures found in Asia, from the vibrant colours of traditional saris in India to the chaotic beauty of Malaysian cities. Her travels to Asia have allowed her to observe the vulnerability of tradition/culture and its fleeting existence in modern life.
"Tradition, modern day life, the hunger for anything modern, the old, beautiful, the ugly, the sadness, the triumph of human existence and chaos all exist harmoniously, and it is so intensely bared for all to see, and often so fleeting. It makes me question what it is to be human. These are the aspects that I try t capture in my photos and in my paintings."
There is an air of spontaneity in her brushstrokes, reflecting her wistful fascination with the places that she encounters. With a flick of her palette knife (her preferred painting tool), she transports the viewer to an imagined place, of her own conception. "I was always fascinated by fairy tales and the like as a child and how they could transport the reader to another place. My paintings/ artworks aim to take the viewer some else."
Helan Pereira is a Perth based artist, currently living in Malaysia. She mastered her skills in painting, drawing and printing working alongside artist Danilo Pravica in Perth.