Artist Bio – Helene McCarthy

Helene McCarthy studied art at high school before a chance encounter with the career’s class algorithm resulted in a 15 year detour into the world of medicine and pathology.

In 2019, Helene (pronounced Heh-LEN) studied part-time foundation art at Brighton Metropolitan College, gaining a distinction, before progressing to study 3D Design and Craft at Brighton University.

During lockdown, she continued to experiment with firing ceramic pieces on the beach using a wood-burning camping stove, the family stove and paper bins.

Her materials range from paper-mache to garlic to clay. Recently her work has focused on parian, a type of porcelain now only used commercially in her home county of Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. She also uses wild clay from the fields surrounding her family’s home, part of which is made from the same clay.

Helene’s work focuses on narrative and its impact on value and subsequent responses. She works on miniature scale, utilising fine-detail skills acquired from years of dissection and autopsy practice. Her work has been varyingly described as ‘tasteful’ and ‘macabre’ and often crosses over into both.


2021: Out of the Woods Art Fair, Ovingdean


MB, BCh, BA Trinity College Dublin 2011

Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (distinction) 2020

BA (hons) 3D Craft and Design (current-)

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