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Helen Tran

Artist member since 2021
Mississauga, Ontario

Born and raised in Vietnam, Helen Tran is a multidisciplinary artist based in Mississauga, Canada. Helen’s body of work ranges from analog film photography, traditional as well as photo-based lithography, intaglio, and a selection of book-art. Tran incorporates printmaking methodology with an array of mixed media within her work, by exploring individual materials that evoke notions of ephemerality and forge these elements through her concept on mourning, healing and cultural rituals. She is a recent graduate in the Printmaking and Publication program with a minor in Photography.

For more of her work, visit www.helenart.ca and @helen.artsy on Instagram.


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Everyone should know about

I would say my work appeals to a sense of ephemerality, painterly, and centralized on ancestral culture. I am a bit of a washi enthusiastic and like working with (chine-collé) layering papers.

What artists do you admire right now?

My favourite artist right now who works with cyanotype and encaustic that inspires my current work is Erika Lujano. Her work takes on a unique approach to photography and encaustic painting.

Favourite medium

One of my favourite mediums to work with would be lithography because of its versatile process and openness to experimentation. The outcome of a lithographic print can go many directions, and you could work with either photo-litho or the traditional stone litho for a different effect.

When did you start making art, and why?

I think I was naturally drawn to art when I was five years old. I started drawing and creating art when I was young, and my fondest memory was creating pop-up greeting cards for my family. Making art for me was a way for self-expression and sharing my culture and creativity through the art community.

When I'm not making art, I'm (a) ...

When I'm not making prints, I enjoy adventuring outdoors with my 35mm analog film camera, taking outdoor landscape photographs to get some inspiration or watercolour painting, tapestry and creative writing. I would be outside planting herbs or flowers and enjoying my garden.

Favourite book

Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer, Soucouyant by David Chariandy, The Wondrous Woo by Carrianne Leung

Select Past Exhibitions
2021

GradEx 106: Graduate Exhibition, OCAD University, Toronto
"If Not Here, Then Where?"

2020

Open Studio, Toronto
Murmuración

2020

Propeller Gallery, Toronto
Off The Screen

2019

OCADU Great Hall, Toronto
Artist Alley

2018

The Beguiling, Toronto
"Stuck" Zine Launch

Accolades
2021

OCAD University
Nora E. Vaughan Award

2021

OCAD University
Printmaking Award

2021

OCAD University
Printmaking Medal Winner

2020

OCAD University
Don Watt Scholarship

Press
2021

Artscapeto
Asian Heritage Month Feature

2021

The Gathered Gallery
The Class of 2021 Feature

Education
2021

OCAD University
BFA, Printmaking & Publication, Photography minor

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