Helene Appel (*1976 in Karlsruhe, lives in London) brings painting into an unexpected proximity with the domestic realm, and there allows it to work subtle destruction. The unhomely hearth-ghosts she calls up disempower the mighty Action heroes of painting with beguiling guerrilla techniques.
Often large sized and sparsely composed, Helene Appel's oil paintings seem to refer to Action painting, gestural painting and informel. The viewer is seduced by linear, cyclical and rhythmical strokes and marks. However, that which appears to have conjured up the informel, a display of paint in all its guises, impasto, glazes, or dry porous marks, is, on stepping closer, recognisable as a set of depicted objects, assigned to perform precise pictorial functions. The Fontana like slits are actually twigs, an expressive configuration of green splodges is actually a cluster of leaves.