HELEN CHELLIN
SIMILAR BUT NOT THE SAME:
THE ART OF ARRANGING DIMENSIONS
THE ART OF ARRANGING JAPANESE VOLCANOES
RECENT WORKS
Currently I am working on two painting projects.

The first is about sources of energy. I paint devices that convert kinetic energy into mechanical energy such as solar panels, wind turbines, tidal wave generators and nuclear reactors. The above energy-producing devices blend with volcanoes and other natural energy sources that I have been painting and continue to paint. I like the shapes and design of these energy producers. People working and living at disaster landscapes are part of the picture. The causes of the disasters can be from natural events such as volcanic eruptions, tsunami waves or storms or human driven events- mining excavation and collapses, oil spills, water, air, and plastic pollution. I paint birds as witnesses. Our modern landscape has changed. Industry and nature are partners.

The second project is a series of paintings on 16 inch by 20 inch canvas. As a group it is titled One Hundred Views of Kilauea Volcano. Volume One: 1-50 has been made into a digitally printed book of 106 pages. It is for sale on CreateSpace and Amazon. I am now working on Volume Two: 51-100.

Volcanic landscapes have endless views that are always different and always the same. For the past 16 years I have lived part time on the Big Island of Hawai‘i. Kilauea volcano brought me to this island, and I have spent many years hiking, walking, and painting Kilauea.

I love the shapes, colors and textures of Kilauea. I love the scale and power of her. She has the ability, like artists, to create, destroy and transform. I love her lava flows and the continual process of change resulting from her eruptions. My paintings utilize many layers of images. They combine the viscosity, tactile quality, and hot nature of paint, like lava, with the coolness of photographs. The painted landscapes show changes caused by geology and human intervention. It is the connection between landscapes and culture that inspires my painting. I paint the scientists who work in the field studying volcanoes. I incorporate the people who live on Kilauea s slopes.

I have chosen to paint 100 views of Kilauea Volcano in honor of one of my mentor artists--Hokusai. Hokusai created the famous work 100 Views of Mt. Fuji. He was known for being one of the first artists to combine landscape with scenes of people living and working on the flanks of a volcano.