Helene Fischman is a photographer, painter and educator from Oakland, California. She holds a BFA in Painting from Boston University and an MS in Education from California State University, Hayward.
Focusing on the dynamic interaction of humans with their environment, Helene has done a series of site-specific artist residencies. Funded by the Ella Lyman Cabot Trust Grant, she innovated two artist residencies in former Eastern European Nazi prison camps to explore a sense of Jewish identity within the confines of a traumatic historical site. Selected works from this series, “Art from the Ashes,” will be on display in the UW-M Golda Meir Special Collections Gallery in spring 2014. Selected by Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas, as the first photographer-in-residence in 2005, Helene created a visual narrative of the North Mountain transition from autumn to winter. This residency kicked off a series of landscape narrative & poetry writing workshops, and she has since been selected for artist residencies at seven different National and State Parks throughout the country.
Her current photographic portrait series deals with identity development. She examines the particular of self-reflective moments which cause individuals to react and interact with themselves, forecasting and shaping their growth and evolution. Helene wants the viewer to consider the difference between personal identity and public identity. How does the answer to “Who are you?” differ based on who asks the question?