Helen Pallikaros


Artist Statement

Helen Pallikaros is a Melbourne based artist whose practice explores the representation of identity
and the curtain that divides the interior and exterior psychological landscapes. Pallikaros uses
personal history, memory and experience to inform her practice, and has previously employed
sculpture, collage, photography and video. Recent expression of these themes has shifted to
performance, utilising the body as the principal element to add a layer of immediacy, physicality and
ephemerality. Past performances have been typified by the whiting out of the face and body, this
negation acting like a mask for which to perform under and a reduction back to an elemental
physical state. More recently Pallikaros has collaborated with fellow artist Sarah Rudledge on
Lampheads, a project based on a common interest in the human condition and its frailties. The
resultant performance and video works are a pseudo-social experiment of what becomes when we
erase the individual and place the resultant being in an everyday context to perform.


Education

  • 2014 Master of Contemporary Art, Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne.
    • 2011 Contemporary Art Practice (Community Access Program) Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne.
      • 2010 Studio Art Program in Sculpture, Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne.
      • 2009 Graduate Certificate in Visual Art, Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne.
      • 2004 Certificate II & III in Floristry, Marjorie Milner College
      • 1990 Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Radiations), Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.
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        Solo Exhibitions

        2015
        • Within Without, Jarmbi Gallery, Burrinja Cultural Centre, Upwey
        • 2014
          • Eyefall, Seventh Gallery, Brunswick
          • New Work, The Rumpus Room, Maribyrnong
          • 2012
            • Lost and Evil, The Substation, Newport

            Group Exhibitions

            2018
            • Family Portrait, Collaboration with Sarah Rudledge, Arcade Project Space, Footscray
            • 2017
              • Lampheads: Portrait piece, Performance, Blender Studios, Docklands Victoria
              • Soft Meat Tender Edges, Curated by Travis John and Sarah Rudledge, Compass Pizza Apartment, Brunswick East


              • 2015
                • Wyndham Art Prize 2015, Wyndham Art Gallery, Werribee
                • Streamer Intervention, City of Darebin Active Spaces, Northcote
                • 2014
                  • She…2014, The Walker Street Gallery and Arts Centre, Dandenong
                  • 2013
                    • VCA School of Art - Masters Exhibition, Victorian College of the Arts, Student Gallery, Southbank
                    • Luminescence, The Windsor Art Prize, The Hotel Windsor, Melbourne.
                    • 2012
                      • That which lies beneath, Curated by Ashlee Laing, The Substation, Newport
                      • 25%, Curated by Rafaat Ishak, Victorian College of the Arts, Student Gallery, Southbank
                        • 2011
                          • The Rest is silence, Curated by Claire Lambe and Elvis Richardson, Death Be Kind, Brunswick.
                          • Grieving Widows, Curated by Claire Lambe and Elvis Richardson, Death Be Kind, Brunswick
                          • Sufferance, Trocadero ArtSpace, Footscray
                          • 2010
                            • Of Snowflakes and Spacetime – life, symmetry and the evolution of the universe,
                              Curated by Ken Wong, Toyota Community Spirit Gallery, Toyota Australia, Port Melbourne.
                            • Art after hours Studio art and Academy Art end of year exhibition 2010, Faculty of VCA and Music,
                              Victorian College of the Arts, Student Gallery, Southbank.
                            • 2009
                              • Proud to be VCA, VCA Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Southbank
                              • ArtCRAFT 2009, The Substation, Newport
                                • 2007
                                  • Graduate Certificate Exhibition, Victorian College of the Arts, Student Gallery, Southbank.
                                   

                                   

                                  Grants & Awards

                                  2015
                                  • Finalist, Wyndham Art Prize 2015, Wyndham Art Gallery, Werribee.
                                  • 2014
                                    • Winner, She….2014, The Walker Street Gallery and Arts Centre, Dandenong.
                                    • 2013
                                      • Finalist, The Windsor Art Prize, Luminescence The Hotel Windsor. Melbourne.
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                                        2009
                                          • Finalist, August Arts Contemporary Art prize, Wyndham Cultural Centre, Werribee.

                                           

      • Helen Pallikaros performance art
      • Rumpus room 2014 – by Maria Miranda
      • Lampheads performance2017 – by Brent Edwards
      • Hairy Hands & Head – by Kerry Leonard
      • Helen Pallikaros Art Performance
      • Helen Pallikaros Art Performance