Helga Winter

A Library - Gone to Seed


"It's the Shadows Coming Out"

24" x 24" x 3.5"

Reconstructed Book Pages, Pigmented Beeswax



"The Same Language"

13" x 20" x 3.5"

Reconstructed Book Pages, Book Covers



"The Book of Others"

13" x 32" x 3"

Dry Wall Paper, Encaustic Gesso, Beeswax




7.25" x 13.75" x 5"

Reconstructed Book Pages, Beeswax, Copper Wire, Acrylic




"The Goodness of Small Things"

13.5" x 7" x 3"

Reconstructed Book Pages, Pigmented Beeswax




"The Future…..Catching You"

Repurposed Books, Pigmented and Unpigmented Beeswax

23" x 16" x 2.25"



"Insights at the Edge"

11” x 24” x 1.5”

Reconstructed Book Pages, Pigmented Beeswax (white), Ink



"Exploration in Depth and Texture II"

Repurposed Books, Beeswax

24" x 24" x 3"



"Bridge Over Troubled Water"

10.25” x 12.25” x 2.5”

Reconstructed Book Pages, Beeswax, Wood, Acrylic



"Patterns of Thought"

Repurposed Books, Beeswax

23" x 16" x 2.25"



Portable Thoughts and Stories

8.25" x 6.25" x 3" each

(ongoing series - please inquire about available pieces)


Portable Story
8.25" x 6.5" x 2.5"
Reconstructed Book Pages, Pigmented Beeswax




A Library - Gone to Seed

“It is what we know already that often prevents us from learning.”
                                                                           -Claude Bernard-     

I have made something new, unfamiliar and possibly shocking out of something very familiar to us.

Taking a book full of words and possibly full of knowledge and turning it inside out - I have hidden the words, that nevertheless are still there - we can’t see but glimpses of them and might assume the words have vanished.

Much of our true knowledge may be hidden, shapeless, quiet, buried deep inside - we can’t see it, feel it and we often assume it is not there.

While deconstructing a book, I am rewriting, rewiring, reconstructing, relearning and rethinking.

Tearing, ripping, coloring, waxing, rolling, arranging and gluing the pages is a practice. Something I do over and over to acquire a certain knowledge of patience, quietude, peacefulness and a gathering of information from the Inside.

By turning the books inside out I want to turn my stories inside out, recognize how they can diminish my life, and then create new conscious stories that are closer to the current truth, allowing for new possibilities and greater potential freedom and strength.

I invite you to walk around the new shape and structure; look at it from all angles, be aware of the changes of perception that take place, stay open minded to learn about both sides of the story and know that a story can always be changed.

                                                                             Helga Winter



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