Born in Copenhagen in 1968, Helle Helsner moved to Ireland in 1994 to study Fine Art at Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork. Working primarily in sculpture she began, early on in her career, to explore the inclusion of bronze casting in her practice. This led to a 2 year Masters (through research) into pre-historic casting techniques. She subsequently established her own studio practice in West Cork and since then has continued to explore the potential of combining ancient methods with her contemporary art practice while at the same time continuing her archaeological research programme.
Working alongside a Shaman in New Mexico in 2010 gave Helle a unique opportunity to fully explore the role of rituals and the use of material in pre-historic traditions. This experience proved a turning point in her practice allowing her, for the first time, to fully express her values and seek a new language for her work. This has led to a greater appreciation of nature and a practice based on a strong ecologically and sustainable approach.
In 2013 Helle began working with precious metals (i.e gold and silver) as she begain to realise a collection of bespoke fine art jewellery.