#agoodcommunity held a short Q&A with our charity auction artist, Helena Jay.?
AGC: Hi, Helena, first of all a huge thank you for contributing to our charity auction, we love your work! How did you approach the project?
HJ: Hi thanks! Well firstly I want to say thanks for letting me be part of the project. Love the idea and it''s a great initiative. More companies need to do things like this. I approached it with the idea to make something that resonated with my art, using blues, and loved using the agoodcom soy-based paints!?
AGC: Can you tell us a bit more about your experiences growing up, at what point did you decide to become an artist
HJ: So I have always been an artist at heart. When I was a child in fact it would be impossible to find me without either a paintbrush or some crayons in hand. I would draw and paint on everything and anything (much to my parent''s dismay sometimes - as for me a white wall in the house equalled a canvas to be painted on). I decided to become a professional artist after I realised that without creating I would never be able to convey my inner self.
AGC: We read that your work is inspired by ecological consciousness and interconnectivity, how do you feel about our impact on other lifeforms?
HJ: I feel that every decision that we make has an impact on other species, people, the environment etc. that's why it is so important to make the link. To consume with caution and to question everything. I think it is so important for people and companies alike to be held responsible for their impact on the planet.
AGC: Do you feel that art can play an important role in tackling issues such as climate change and environmental destruction?
HJ: Absolutely. I feel that art has a unique way of conveying a message, consciously or subconsciously, to the viewer. Sometimes we can be mesmerised by a piece of art and not know exactly why, and that''s the exact point that we need to dive deeper into exploring what it is that we are not acknowledging or need to focus more on. An excellent artist that tackles climate exchange for me is Olafur Eliasson, his work is captivating, thought-provoking and much needed.
AGC: If you could choose to have dinner with one artist hero, alive or passed on, who would it be and why?
HJ: Excellent question and I am going to have to be cheeky and select two, Da Vinci and Louis Bourgeois. They are the two artists that made me fall in love with art, inventions and self-expression.
AGC: Are there any films/books/TVs/podcasts that you've read/watched recently that you can recommend?
HJ: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, my favourite author of all time and honestly I dream of being able to express myself visually as he does verbally. If ever I manage to achieve that in my lifetime then that will be one of my greatest achievements.
AGC: What are you working on next?
HJ: So I am currently working on something totally new and exciting! I am 8 months pregnant and so therefore have had to change my art style and work on smaller pieces for the first time, vs my normal large heavy works. So watch this space!
AGC:?Thanks Helena,?looking forward to seeing more of you soon!
See and bid on Helena and our other great artist''s work in our charity auction.