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Depictions of Nothing

by Helen Hu


“Depictions of Nothing” is a deep dive into the roots of pictures. In her latest series, Helen is exploring what it means to experience seeing. The basics of all communication is the association between a word and an image projected inside of the mind. What happens when there is no object to see? Does the picture itself become the object? Is this a direct way into the subconscious without the middle step of recognizing some thing? What happens inside of us when we look at surfaces, brushstrokes, lines and textures?

Everything is abstract before the moment of understanding. As Eckart Tolle mentions “A knowing of which the mind knows nothing”, the artist aims to return to the experience of the body, before the mind joins in.

The inspiration for the paintings are walls Helen sees on her walks through Taipei. The paintings are created through a procedure of repeatedly revealing and concealing. The final image is the summary of lines, strokes, marks, carrying the history of the process as well as them all becoming an existence on their own.

About the artist


Helen is a German born and raised Chinese artist. Spending all her early youth in Germany, at 18 years old she moved to Beijing where she studied New Media Art at the Beijing Film Academy. On a constant quest for discovery, her works grow and evolve, as does the medium she experiments with. Her works have ranged from video art, photography works, collages to mixed media abstract and figurative paintings. She is currently undertaking her Masters studies in Painting at the University of Fine Arts Hamburg.


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