I am and have always been interested in the use of traditional methods. I believe that it is essential to learn the fundamental techniques in order to have conceptual freedom when producing any form of art. My work reflects upon my perpetual affinity for precision. I try to create images that are the honest reflection of my surroundings. My work often contains the human figure, common objects or vegetation. It is always the subject that is placed in the foreground as I rarely ever integrate a background. It is this very emptiness, devoid of distraction, that prioritizes the figure. The depleted background automatically creates a sense of isolation and solitude and forms an enigmatic presence. I see my drawings as simplified metaphors that portray relatable human emotions in a surrealist light.
Helena Rakic is from Hamilton, Ontario. She attended Laval University for her undergraduate degree in Fine Arts. She continued on to the Academy of Realist Art in Toronto, which she attended for four years. Helena also worked in print during this time, at Open Studio.