Helen Shewolfe Tseng in /digital room/
Note by Guest Juror Dorothy Santos
Tseng is not only an artist, but she is also a storyteller, an oracle, and a time traveler. She conjures visual and textual portals for anyone open and willing to cross through them and into other dimensions. Through her prolific art-making practice, her drawings, illustrations, and mastery of visual storytelling, she offers a spectrum of entry points into other worlds; past, present, and future. From her multimedia project Pedestrian’s Society of Space and Time to her drawings for her Growth Spells series, Tseng offers a multitude of extraordinary paths for us to explore the complex nature of our universe.
As a designer, illustrator, and art director, Tseng has collaborated with climate scientists, journalists, city planners, political researchers, technologists, musicians, chefs, artists, fiction writers, podcasts, museums, and more. Since 2012, Tseng has run an independent solo design studio; more recently, she has focused on developing a personal art practice. Tseng uses design as a collaborative gateway into her varied curiosities and fields of interest, and as a tool for communication, investigation, and critique. With her work, Tseng seeks to broaden, deepen, shift, and evolve existing modes of understanding.
Tseng was a 2018–2019 YBCA Fellow in the Collective Safety cohort and the 2019 Designer in Residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts. Since 2014, Tseng has co-hosted Astral Projection Radio Hour on BFF.fm. Her first book, The Astrological Grimoire, was published by Chronicle Books in April 2019. Tseng is represented by Kate McKean of Howard Morhaim Literary Agency.