Helen Nelson (aka Helen Kilby Nelson) refers to herself as a rural dwelling artist, she was previously a flautist and turned to visual art as a means to cope with Bipolar Disorder in 2000. Helen was able to return to education in 2015 and completed her BA in Fine Art & Contemporary Cultures with a 1st in 2018.
Helen is a multi-disciplinary artist, recent member of the 2019 Black Hole Club cohort in Birmingham and recent artist in residence at Coventry Artspace and Coventry Biennial of Contemporary Art, Bear & Ragged Staff residency. Helen works across media within post-digital and socially engaged approaches. combining digital and analogue media, including photography, moving image, spoken word and music, to construct sculptural, installation and 2D works that explore and question the layers of meaning, information and misinformation in media communications that program societal values and attitudes towards, status, material possessions, and identity.
Her practice is inspired by social and political issues within Western culture, primarily focused on the digital and built environment, identity, behaviour and commonisms. Much of the work explores causality from mass control, neo-liberalism, capitalism and consumerism.