Helen Tran is one of the current Resident Artists participating in the City of Mississauga’s Resident Artist Program at the Living Arts Centre.
Born and raised in Vietnam, Helen Tran has always been naturally drawn towards creating art as a young girl. She soon later found her passion for the uniqueness of Printmaking. Tran went on to pursue her education in Visual and Creative Arts at Sheridan College, Oakville, Canada and holds a BFA in Printmaking & Publications with a second focus in Photography.
She has exhibited her work at the Art Gallery of Mississauga, The Japanese Paper Place, TOAF61 and Visual Arts Mississauga (VAM). Tran currently is working as an archivist assistant and an artist member at the Open Studio Contemporary Printmaking Centre in Toronto and Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography.
Tran is well-versed in many printing techniques, including lithography, relief, silkscreen, and intaglio. Nevertheless, she enjoys working with the versatility of lithography and bookmaking in her spare time. When she is not making prints, she enjoys adventuring outdoors with her 35mm analog film camera, watercolour painting, tapestry, and creative writing. She is currently working on several linocut series of botanical imagery, along with cyanotype and textile processes.
As a multidisciplinary artist, Tran’s body of work incorporates printmaking methodology with an array of mixed media. She seeks new possibilities in innovative ways to create and present her work ranging from analogue image-making, text art, lithography, and linocut. Tran’s work draws on traditional family ceremonies and funerary rituals that utilize both print media and photography to convey elements of mourning, healing, and ancestral rituals. Tran’s body of work is medium-specific where she experiments and explores materiality in her form of concept, specifically her appreciation for Japanese washi (paper), which further enhances her context of the work. Her inspiration comes from nature, animals and childhood memories in a personal narrative through her artwork.