Mount Baker with foreground figure, by Helen Andersen. 1986
I am working through slides of Helen Andersen works whose whereabouts we no longer know. Among the dust speckled images was this little gem, probably a small work on paper.
That’s Mount Baker at the top, an extinct volcano that Helen often included in her landscapes. Surely that is Helen herself at the bottom, witnessing the scene that stands before her. She did a great many pieces with air brush, which she wielded in her own unique way. Here, she has made abstracted patterns out of the waves and planted farm fields that surrounded her home in Saanichton, on Vancouver Island.