cambridge contemporary art

Helen Martino

Helen describes her pots as 'serious, posh and frivolous' because for many years she was a functional potter, making batches of domestic pots on the wheel. These more recent pots are hand built individually and each is considered separately. Helen makes ceramic sculptures which embody a sense of narrative. Each piece within a series explores an element of the story through a change in scale, movement, composition or colour.

Helen is fascinated by body language within both the moving and still image. She finds inspiration, for example, in the exaggerated and stylised movements expressed by actors in silent movies - but she finds equally interesting, the way in which narrative is depicted within Mogul and Persian miniature paintings. Here, a still gesture, combined with often intricate and symbolic composition, captures a moment which tells both a past and a future story. Helen's sculptures, often intimate in size, relate to this single moment where great, or small, events in people's lives are revealed by gesture and communication. 

Helen works in Cambridge and is a founder member of Cambridge Open Studios. She finds that her past, present and future, her friends and the things that happen day to day have become sources of inspiration in themselves.

The works illustrated below are intended to give you a taste of what the gallery has to offer, please email us on info@cambridgegallery.co.uk or call us on 01223 324222 to find out which pieces are currently available.


You Say the Nicest Things

ceramic

18 x 9 x 9 cm

£190


Lovers Talk

ceramic

16 x 9 x 18 cm

sold

Chatty Angel

6.5 x 6.5 x 24cm

SOLD

Big Kiss Pot

ceramic

SOLD

Courage 1

Watercolour, pastel and oil pastel

Framed

SOLD

Us

Ceramic

SOLD

Snoozey dishy lady

Ceramic

SOLD

Left: Cuddle

ceramic

10 x 12 x 5 cm

£110

Right: Happy Talk

sold

Sweet Angel

6.5 x 6.5 x 18cm

SOLD

Taking Shelter Together

ceramic

SOLD

A quiet moment

Ceramic

SOLD

Summery dishy lady

Ceramic

SOLD

Happy Summer Picnic

Ceramic

SOLD

Sweethearts

ceramic

16 x 12 x 13

sold

Angel for a Rainy Day

7 x 7 x 29cm

SOLD

Sometimes I Sit and Think

ceramic

SOLD

You do make me smile

Ceramic

SOLD

Happy together

Ceramic

SOLD

Red berry tall lady

Ceramic

SOLD

Beloveds

ceramic

SOLD

Cuddle

ceramic

SOLD

You Do Make Me Laugh

ceramic

SOLD