Helen Teede was born and brought up in Zimbabwe, spending most of her childhood in the African bush. She left in 2008 for Italy where she spent a year at the Florence University of the Arts, then moved to South Africa to study Fine Art and English Literature at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, graduating with Honours, First Class.
Helen’s work explores the relationship between gestures of writing and painting, finding where the limits of language meet those of mark making. She makes use of poetry, literature and philosophical texts to inform the direction her paintings take, often including phrases on the canvas, blurring the boundaries between word and image. Recently she has started looking at bone as a surface on which to work, viewing it as something already marked, a palimpsest. What she finds interesting is that the surfaces of bones can be “read” and interpreted as textual testimonies of the lives they succeed.
She did a number of exhibition namely2017 First Floor Gallery Harare at Cape Town Art Fair 2017, Cape Town,
2016 “Harare: Mwandiambira Tuazeni Teede”, Group Show, Hazard Gallery: Johannesburg, South Africa Johannesburg Art Fair, Group Show, First Floor Gallery: Johannesburg, South Africa “It is the Without”, Solo Show, First Floor Gallery: Harare, Zimbabwe. 2015″Dubai Art Week” at Showcase, Dubai“We Grow Accustomed to the Dark” at Amanzi, Harare 2014 Group exhibition, “Modern Painting” at Kalk Bay Modern, Cape Town Group show “Scripts of our Unspoken Words” at Showcase, Dubai only to mention a few.