About Helen Ansell Exhibition: Beyond the Fence Line
Helen Ansell’s ‘Beyond the Fence Line’ is now open to public and available to view at Perth’s FORM Gallery. The exhibition will run until Saturday 16 August.
The exhibition offers a stunning collection of artworks and textiles showcasing the artist’s love for Western Australian wildflowers.
A childhood spent in the outback has allowed Helen to develop a deep sense of connection with the Western Australian landscape. While she has a strong affinity for the Mid-West and her childhood hometown Geraldton, she has also travelled extensively throughout the State, demonstrating her interest and influence of the broader Western Australian environment.
Helen’s choice of subject matter is an expression of the memories she has of living close to the land. Her passion for wildflowers stems from the time she spent as a child on her father’s station collecting native seeds and her experiences growing up in Ululla, a remote Aboriginal community outside of Wiluna.
“When I find myself surrounded by red dust and miles of flat horizon I feel a sense of home. Wildflowers are one of the hidden treasures found there; they transform the landscape into fields of colour beyond where most people can see them, beyond the fence line” (Helen Ansell)
The transition of artwork into textiles is the result of a partnership with designer Peta Riley. Together, they have created Mulla Mulla Designs.
The first line of products, including lush silk/cotton blend scarves, cotton canvas cushion covers, linen tea towels, and a range of Helen Ansell wildflower prints are available to purchase from FORM Gallery in Perth, the Port Hedland Courthouse Gallery and Visitor Centre, as well as online at www.mullamulladesigns.com. The collection will also be available soon at the Geraldton Museum.