helena cardow


My latest ongoing body of work, flesh, is a series of figurative oil paintings based on the classical composition of bodies and fruit. Framing the traditional motif of the Nude with fruit and vegetables in a contemporary juxtaposition of 'safe' still life and 'risque' nakedness, to highlight how the world ‘ripe’ is used to describe both implying they are both things to be consumed. The consumption of the fruit into the body, consumption of the body through the eyes of the viewer.

Flesh is portraiture based in the landscape of food, featuring fruit and foods produced and consumed in the UK, through the feminist lens of dismantling the traditional male gaze. The fruit and meats in the compositions allude to global issues of farming and agriculture, contained within the ethical and ecological concerns of climate change, GMO foods and industrial farming, and changing habits in consumption especially with note to veganism.

Nasty Women Exhibition: Empowerment

I am so happy to announce that I have been chosen as one of 40 boundary breaking artists to exhibit in Empowerment, a show co-curated by Creative Debuts and Nasty Women Exhibition in collaboration with Nasty Women North EastNasty Women London, and Nasty Women in Amsterdam, Lisbon, and Brussels.

To celebrate International Women’s Day on 8 March, part of the money raised from the exhibition will be donated to End Violence Against Women Coalition to protect women’s rights worldwide. Come and show your support for myself and all the fantastic artists from 7pm on 8 March! RSVP essential #EmpowermentLDN


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