Hignell Gallery is pleased to present Intimacy and Isolation, an exhibition by sculptor Helaine Blumenfeld OBE. Intimacy and Isolation creates a visual juxtaposition of earlier sculptures alongside contemporary work which demonstrates the extent to which Blumenfeld’s sculptural vocabulary has evolved, revealing her anxiety as well as hope for the times in which we live.
The exhibition features more than twenty sculptures, including new works conceived in lockdown and created in marble in 2022. Blumenfeld’s practice has been inspired by ongoing themes over the course of her fifty-year career. In her early years as an artist, Blumenfeld explored intimacy as the profound knowledge of oneself, translating this into individual, abstract sculptural forms. The theme was gradually extended to reflect powerful subject matter involving the wider world. Blumenfeld’s works approach intimacy through notions of introspection, closeness, dependence and independence, seen in pieces such as Shadow Figures (2012) and Souls (2001). This dynamic further developed and expanded in more recent pieces in both bronze and marble such as Exodus V (2019) and Exodus VI (2020).
BLUMENFELD IN THE PRESS: