Showing sculptures by Helaine Blumenfeld at Canary Wharf gives an unrivalled opportunity to view them in the context of hard interior and exterior architecture as well as carefully designed outdoor spaces amongst mature trees. Her fusion of natural forms, both human and foliate, spiced with abstraction, are seen through a range of diverse works dating from 1974 to 2019.
Blumenfeld works in a range of media – marble from many locations in Europe and the Middle East, terracotta, wood and bronze, all of which she pushes to the limits of risk, teetering on the edge of impossibility, particularly in her carving. Through time, she has carved deeper into a range of fine marbles, using both material density and translucency to create lyrical and complex forms in works reflecting life, myth and our irrefutable part of the natural world. The subjective word beauty comes to mind and cannot be ignored.