Helen Marie Newman is a British visual artist predominately working in sculpture. Her work focuses on how materials play a role in the sculptural process and their relationship with tactility. In 2016 Helen made a move into a more focused material practice taking training in ceramics, which has since formed a wide part of practice.
Helen prefers to use clay as a sculptural material, removing it from traditional and decorative connotations. Approaching her work in an act of play, she starts with a slab formed in a spontaneous shape, then builds layers of coils leaving the form of the body to chance. Using tools Helen adds texture to reveal a character, often cutting holes to expose the skeleton and making process. Finally using glazes in the same way as the construction, she builds layers of colour, allowing the kiln to reveal the outcome.
Helen had her first solo show at Sloe Gallery, Manchester in 2017, and has completed residencies at the Whitworth Art Gallery and The Horsfall. She was also shortlisted for the Greater Manchester Art Prize 2017.