For those of you who are not familiar with Helen Hardin, she was a printmaker and painter from Santa Clara. She created abstract geometric paintings. This video (which is available on VHS or DVD format) struggled to capture the aspects of her heritage as a Native American while not falling into the Dorothy Dunn / Santa Fe model that was typical of her ancestors – including her mother, Pablita Velarde, who was also a proclaimed artist.
This film will give you an up - close look at some of the work that Helen Hardin is known for. Helen Hardin created her art in such a way that is indicative of her knowing that she had to get it done quickly because her time in the world of art would not last long. Her paintings were multi – layered and were created by using a combination of drafting tools and brushes. These paintings reveal a precision that is crisp and this precision is a characteristic of her style, which in itself is distinctive.
This video is 30 minutes in length and was made in 1976. You are welcome to View a Preview Clip.