Artist Reception: Kate Helms, Tidewater Elegy
Gallery221@HCC is pleased to present Kate Helms: Tidewater Elegy, on view from November 5 – December 12, 2018. An artist reception is scheduled for Thursday, November 8 from 5-8PM, with a lecture by Kate Helms to begin at 6PM.
The event and exhibition will take place in Gallery3@HCC, located on the third floor of the Learning Resources Center / Library Building (DLRC) at the HCC Dale Mabry Campus. Food, libations, and music will be provided, courtesy of the gallery.
Tidewater Elegy presents a surreal landscape of furniture encrusted by bizarre marine lifeforms after sea level rises to inundate an extravagant Victorian-inspired Florida parlor. Created by Kate Helms, the tableau is joined by the private lair of an individual obsessed with documenting the rising tides by correcting a vast array of yellowed bathymetric maps, whiting out the areas that will be under water in the future. The juxtaposition illuminates past, present, future—and imagined—effects of climate change on our environment. Helms is a fifth generation Floridian currently working as an artist and environmental professional on the west coast of Florida.
Image credit: Kate Helms, Colony II (installation view),2017. Image courtesy of the artist.
About the artist: http://katehelms.squarespace.com/about/