With the overturn of Roe vs. Wade, there was an overwhelming public outcry of disbelief, grief, and anger. Everywhere – the news, Twitter, podcasts, radio, Instagram, Tik-Tok – there was an unrelenting stream of outrage and fear. It had me thinking of an antidote to the chaos and anxiety in the public space.
My paintings explore that private, elusive inner universe, call it the mind or soul, the place within each of us that no one can touch or disturb, a place of paradoxes: where we are strongest and most vulnerable, most at peace and most insecure, where we are undefined and yet most ourselves. And it’s a place that can never be governed.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Helen Celewicz is a Chicago-based artist that paints using oil, acrylics, and dabbles in the occasional drawing as well. Helen mostly paints portraits and often uses intense colors. She is enamored at how colors dance, strengthen, flirt with one another, and their power to evoke a mood and tone that that goes beyond what words can share. She especially enjoys painting her friends and family, where she can pair colors, shades, and quirks that evoke her feelings and speak to the relationship she has to the subject.
Other than a passion for art, Helena enjoys being in nature and spending time in the company of friends and family.
© Helen Celewicz