map and funnel 1999
etching, lithography, relief, screenprint, 39.5” x 29.75”
In her work, Gerritzen plays with symbol and myth while using objects to evoke visual metaphors relating to the body. The images present and question the dualistic relationship of desire/transformation and power/gender, creating a tension between the body as a product of language and knowledge with that of the physical, mortal body. The work questions the body’s long history as a repository of cultural, sexual, medical and religious meanings.
Helen Gerritzen was born in Canada and currently lives and works in Houston, Texas. She received a MFA from the University of Alberta in 1999, where she taught Drawing and Printmaking, and coordinated the Drawing program for the Department of Art and Design. Since moving to Houston, she has taught printmaking at the Glassell School of Art, and was the Chair of PRINTHOUSTON: NEXT, a national biennial of contemporary print at 4411 Special Event Gallery. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including Open Studio Gallery in Toronto (solo), SNAP Gallery in Edmonton (solo), Malaspina Gallery in Vancouver (two-person), and numerous juried or invited group exhibitions including Chicago, Boston, Prague, London, Tokyo, Novosibirsk, Russia, Istanbul, Houston and New York. Harvard Review published several of her print works in its 39th edition, Fall/Winter 2010.
In 2013 Gerritzen is moving to Barton-upon-Humber in England.
Gallery Representation: Avis Frank Gallery, Houston, Texas, USA