The idea come from Maisha gardens day 2, being put in different groups, leaning on a tree bark and thinking of the different ways a woman finds comfort and happiness in life and on her body. I started conceptualizing about pillows, which normally provide comfort whenever one goes to rest. With this idea I made different pillows out of textile material, glued them together insinuating the continuity of comfort sought by women throughout their lives.
Born in 1983 in Jinja Uganda, Hellen Nabukenya is a multifaceted visual artist whose work barrows from the Fashion world. She received a degree in textile decoration and styling from Kyambogo University in Kampala, where she currently lives and works. After her studies, she founded with three other artists, artpunch studio, an exhibition space and creative centre.
Nabukenya Hellen explores the frontier between art and artisanal crafts. Her works, monumental installations or colorfull patchwork pieces with chaotic geometric forms, are made using textiles recycled objects acrylic paint and collage.
Beyond the aesthetic and formal research that she conducts, Hellen Nabukenya introduces an interactive dimension to her work by encouraging the viewer to take up and debate certain political, economic or social topics such as the vulnerability of female identity while participating in the creating process of the work.
The work of Hellen Nabukenya has been shown in several exhibitions in Denmark, France and Uganda, where she participated in Kampala KLA Art, Kampala’s 2014 Contemporary art festival as well as the Africa Arts Kollective.