A 29-year-old French artist, Helena Hauus is based in Paris where she is known for her extremely detailed ball-point pen drawings.
Hauss recently decided to flex her creative muscles and tackle sculptures for a change.
“There were some things inside me I wanted to express which I felt I couldn’t do with just a drawing, I wanted to go beyond that. I needed to create an actual object that would say it all once you saw it,” she shared. “Something allegoric, a metaphor where people could go, “Here. This is exactly how I’ve been feeling all this time.”
She titled her ‘porcelain’ project “Hell Hath no Fury.”
“It’s an approach to represent the inner strength and fury that comes with being a woman, in contrast to an appearance of delicacy we’re too often branded with,” the artist revealed. “Women have repeatedly been construed as the “weaker sex” and are regularly being preyed on or diminished in some way or another,” Hauss continued on.
“Too often portrayed as fragile and delicate, this project is an expression of the contrasting subtleties that come with femininity, as well as an attempt at vindication from a feeling of constant vulnerability that’s been forced upon us.”
The “ceramic” weapons symbolize “inner strength, fury, and empowerment.”
While the sculptures appear to be delicate and look like precious china sets hidden in a cupboard, they are actually very sturdy and made from polyurethane.
The substance is actually a polymer that can be used for sculpting but appear like porcelain.
“I wanted something strong that wouldn’t break easily, as a metaphor for its subject. Something that would look like porcelain but actually isn’t,” the artist shared.
When asked about what her art represented, Hauus shared how she does not want to make it political but rather, a testimony of her personal feelings.
“I think that’s when art works best: not with an agenda, but when done with sincerity,” she continued. “It’s the difference between a song written for the masses and one written from the heart: where the lyrics hit you as something you can really relate to. That’s the human experience and in the end, it’s much more powerful than any political agenda: because that’s when we’ll all do better, when we actually truly understand each other.”
“The word perception is the best one you could have used: in the end, that’s the real problem, misunderstanding and ignorance,” the artist shared.
Hauus also pressed how her art is a sincere expression to being uniquely yourself.
“We’re too often perceived as something we’re not, and the best way to change that is to actually show ourselves, make ourselves be seen, be heard”.