Helen is an inter/transdisciplinary artist, researcher and consultant. Helen makes installations, interactions, and interventions. Her projects range from working with underground artists to the largest institutions in Canada, as well as abroad. She curates and designs environments, exhibitions, and performances (theatre, dance, digital, or live art). Her practice is blurry, mixed, border-less, and relentlessly experimental. She also writes research and impact reports on new practices, and consults on strategic projects, for public and private funders, community organizations, and others.
In her social practice with newcomers to Canada, Helen overturns conventional approaches to settlement, by leading with what art knows, or looking at what art has to offer immigration. Blending performance, conceptual art, and social R&D, this work with immigrants and refugees has successfully helped newcomers who have experienced difficulties getting a job in Canada become employed fulltime in their field of interest. Funders love it, but say they don’t know how to fund something so different.
Helen is an artist-researcher with the Culture of Cities Centre and a board member with the Centre for Social Innovation. Currently, Helen is preoccupied with the question of What Art Knows, which is the title of a book she is writing about the role of artists in informing, de-forming, and re-forming public policymaking.