Originally from Stockholm, Sweden, Helen Edling is now based in Newcastle. Her practice spans a range of disciplines, from drawing to theatre, installation and puppetry. 

Exploring ideas of interpersonal and social systems, Helen references theatre and circus, that which is beautiful and grotesque. Her recent work has explored the declining craft of puppetry. Creating open-ended narratives that place the viewer in the position of the puppet master, the puppets take on a conflicting double identity as objects but also that onto which we project our own emotions. 

The images by Helen that are available at Globe are all ink works onto paper or grease-proof paper. Her influences can be seen in these works through the multiple references to strings and sowing in the subject matter but also in the grotesque nature of the figures. 


Information compiled and written by Michelle Kaczmarek, July 2011.