Helena Aikin

For the last 15 years my work as visual artist has involved research on ancient civilizations, which I then recreate in the form of sculptures, paintings and installations. My purpose is to recover a cultural heritage from all 5 continents which I believe encapsulates transcendental, if cryptic messages for the 21st century. I have focused on abstract designs, specially age-old labyrinths which served as astronomical calendars, maps to the Afterlife, metaphors for the different stages of the human voyage or magical objects to attract fertility and auspiciousness. I also use ancient ritually naked figurines from different corners of the planet as a source of inspiration, recreating them in different media for my artistic installations.
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Vita
I was born in Madrid, and educated in Spain, England and the United States. I am a historian and a linguist as well as an artist, and this is possibly why I am fascinated by age-old symbols and archetypal images, which I recreate in my sculptures and artistic installations.
I have completed art courses in London (Hackney Arts), at the University of California, Davis, USA; Art students´league and Parsons School of Design, New York; Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid; Museo Lasar Segal, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
I now live and work in Madrid.
Artist residencies and research stays:
-Manipal University, Karnataka, India. March-June 2015
-Foundation Obras, Evoramonte, Portugal. August 2013
-Foundation Obras, Evoramonte, Portugal. August 2012
-Centro de Arte y Naturaleza Cerro Gallinero, July 2012..
-Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff. sept 2008-January 2009
-Fundación de Arte Convento Sao Francisco, Mértola, Portugal (August 2008).
-Manchester University, UK (July-August 2007).
-Laurentian University, Sudbury, Canada (July-August 2006).
-Tyrone Guthrie Centre for the Arts, Monaghan, Ireland, August 2004
-VI Encuentro de Arte Valle del Genal, Genalguacil, Málaga (August 2002).
-Fundación Valparaíso, Mojácar, Almería (julio 2000).
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Exhibitions
-Palais des Nations, United Nations, Geneva. Labyrinths of the world. Oct 2016
-Gallery at La Corrala, Museo de Artes y tradiciones Populares, Madrid. Exhibition The labyrinth as the archetypal image of the human journey (sculptures, installations and digital prints). January 2016.
-Gallery Sala La Cárcel (17th century jail), Barco de Ávila, Spain. Del Natural. Acrylics and watercolours. August 2015.
-Primordial Structures: celebrating International Women´s Day 2015. San Pedro Mártir Convent, Toledo, Spain. March 2015.
-Labyrinths (sculptures, photographs and installations). Sala COL ALLAS, Concejalía de Cultura, Gandía, Valencia (June-July 2014).
-Labirinto camihável, installation at  the Public Gardens, Ëvora, Portugal (August 2013).
-Labyrinthic Landscapes: Sacred Spaces, Profane Spaces (photographs and installations). Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Filosofía A. October 2012.
-Laberinto de Mogor-Hoyocasero. Permanent installation at the Centre for the Arts and Nature Cerro Gallinero, Ávila (14.5X15 m.) July 2012.
-Labyrinths. Sala ExPresa 2, La Cárcel Segovia. I Symposium of Women who transform the World, Concejalía de Cultura, Segovia March 2011.
-Ringforts, a multimedia installation inspired on fairylore. Centro de Arte Moderno, Sala Cueva, January 05; I Symposium on Irish Culture, Universidad de Sevilla, October 2005).
-Dreamed Archaeologies: a recreation of a the mythical Bastulian Civilization. Galería Factoría Perro Verde, Madrid, November 2000; Proyecto D-Mencia, 5ª muestra de Arte Contemporáneo, Doña Mencía, Córdoba, 2003).
 Earlier exhibitions: Centro Cultural Luis Gonzaga, Madrid (paintings and sculpture, 1997). Galería-Champanería María Pandora, Madrid.(Paintings, 1995). Casa da Cultura, Vila Prudente, Sao Paulo, Brasil (Paintings and sculpture, 1994). Galería Carmen Q, Madrid (paintings and sculpture,1990). Caja Postal. Sala Badajoz and Sala El Escorial (Paintings and sculpture, 1985).
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Publications
Solo catalogues
-Labyrinths, Gandía Townhall publishing. 2014
-Dreamed Arqueologies: Bastulian Witnesses (Gallery Factoria del Perro Verde, Madrid,
-Helena Aikin: Exposición itinerante (Caja Postal).

Group catalogues:
-Catálogo de libros de artista, feria Masquelibros. Madrid 2012.
-Artistas contra el cambio climático (Diputación de Cuenca, 2008)
-El arte de las Mujeres como Agente de Cambio y Desarrollo Social.(Ediciones UCLM,.2007)
-Expo-water.com. (Diputación Provincial de Cuenca, 2007).  
-Arte Ayuda Galicia. (Junta de Galicia, 2003)     
-Señales: Arte en la Carretera. Ediciones JCCLM (2003).
-VI Encuentro de Arte Valle del Genal. Junta de Andalucía
-Proyecto D-Mencia: 5º Muestra de Arte Contemporáneo. (Junta de Andalucía, 2003).    -Voces y Cuerpos Femeninos. (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 2002).   
-Arte Mujeres 2000. (Gazi, Atenas 2001).

Press articles
http://www.lavanguardia.com/local/madrid/20160114/301403840767/la-autonoma-recoge-en-una-exposicion-la-obra-de-la-escultora-helena-aikin.html
http://es.calameo.com/books/0042088578a57118f1687
http://www.kultura-extra.de/kunst/portrait/portrait_helenaaikin.php
https://cerrogallinero.com/la-coleccion/obra-permanente/el-laberinto-de-mogor-hoyocasero/
http://www.uclm.es/gabinete/ver_noticias.asp?id_noticia=11723
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBDm6r_x4IA
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Group Exhibitions
-El Episcopio (Avila, Spain 2016) “Protección ascendente” enclosed landart by 4 contemporary artists.
-Irene Matthews Showspace, Flagstaff, Arizona 2009.
-Arists Against Climatic Change  Cuenca, Spain 2008.
-COMUARTE, Cuartel del Conde Duque, Madrid 2007.
-El Aleph, homage to Borges, Centro de Arte Moderno, Madrid 2006.
-Traffic Signals: art on the road, Castilla la Mancha local government, Cuenca and Madrid 2004.
-Universidad Autónoma de Madrid: Exhibition Female Voices, Female Bodies.
-Factoría del Perro Verde, Arte Internacional, Madrid. Exhibition Totem,  2002.
-Círculo de Bellas Artes, Madrid. Sala Juana Mordó, 1999.
-Círculo de Bellas Artes, Madrid Artists with Latin America (Unesco) 1998.
-Nave Norte, Madrid 1997.
-Casa da Cultura, Favela de Vila Prudente, Sao Paulo, Brasil 1995.
Centro de Recursos Humanos, Madrid, Exhibition Brushes for Africa, 1993.
-Gallery Amira Góngora, Houston, EE UU, Artwork on Amate, 1992.
-Ateneo de Pozuelo, Madrid. I Contemporay Art Exhibition, 1991.
Zulu labyrinth
Helena Aikin
Birth of the sun god
Helena Aikin
NAUTILUS
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God lost in the Labyrinth
Helena Aikin
forgotten goddess
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Homage to Stonehenge
Helena Aikin
Labyrinth of Mogor-Hoyocasero (Cerrogallinero, Avila, Spain)
Helena Aikin
MATRIARCHAL COUNCIL
pigmented plaster. a homage to the goddesses of Baluchistan.
Helena Aikin, Plaster
walkable labyrinth in Evora, Portugal
Helena Aikin
THE GREENLADY
BRONZE (directly carved from wax. no mold. unique piece)
Helena Aikin, Bronze
the hidden heart of things. cerro de Collado Mediano, Spain
Helena Aikin
Star wars
installation in 13th century convent Concepcionistas, Toledo, Spain (May 2018)
Helena Aikin, Paper, Synthetic resin
mujeres/dones/femmes/women...
22 pieces made of pigmented cement
Helena Aikin, Concrete
LADY IN MOURNING
fired clay. an homage to the ladies of prehispanic Mexico
Helena Aikin

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