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Lisa Helin

Artistic practice spanning painting, paper cuts and taxidermy butterfly and moth installations, creating entomological installations of flora and butterflies from imagined locations, taking inspiration from nature and the environment. Group exhibiting at the Norman Cross gallery for Peterborough Open studios 2024.


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Contact name
Lisa Helin

Exhibition address
Norman Cross Gallery Norman House Norman Cross, Yaxley PE7 3TB


Open days

29 June 2024 (11:00 - 16:00)
30 June 2024 (11:00 - 16:00)
6 July 2024 (11:00 - 16:00)
7 July 2024 (11:00 - 16:00)
13 July 2024 (11:00 - 16:00)
14 July 2024 (11:00 - 16:00)

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Open other times by appointment

Demonstrations available

Tuition offered

Garden open for visitors

Refreshments served

Commissions accepted

A brief introduction to the artist and her work

Lisa Helin: Mixed Media Artist

About the artist

Lisa Helin is a mixed media artist who explores the themes of nature, migration and imagination in her work. She has a BA in contemporary art from Nottingham and a masters in curating from Goldsmiths. Lisa’s first role was as the visual arts curator at Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery, were she support artists in creating work, exhibiting work, and supporting them to get their work out there.

Lisa’s interest in art began at an early age, when she used to draw and paint animals and plants in her sketchbooks. She was fascinated by the diversity and beauty of the natural world, and wanted to capture it in her own way. She also developed a passion for travelling and learning about different cultures and places, which influenced her choice of materials and themes in her later work.

Artistic practice

Lisa’s artistic practice spans painting, paper cuts and taxidermy butterfly and moth installations. She creates entomological installations of flora and butterflies from imagined locations, taking inspiration from nature and the environment. Her insects and flowers transcend borders and pass freely between countries with scant regard for rules of immigration or the effects of biodiversity. She uses gouache, acrylic ink and paint on paper and vintage maps and atlases to create her intricate and colourful compositions.

Lisa’s work is a reflection of her personal journey and identity, as well as a commentary on the global issues of climate change, migration and conservation. She uses the motif of the butterfly as a symbol of transformation, resilience and freedom, as well as a reminder of the fragility and interdependence of life. She also incorporates elements of fantasy and whimsy in her work, creating imaginary landscapes and scenarios that invite the viewer to explore and question their own perceptions and assumptions.


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