In the tradition of artist as shaman, healer and educator, Redman uses her art and teaching abilities to encourage women to claim their age as a time of heightened creativity and spiritual growth. Her work serves as a catalyst for others to explore the issues she raises, and for women to communicate their knowledge with one another. Redman presents her work in a diversity of forums -- from universities, health, community and fine arts centers, to home and studio gatherings. In 2010 Redman received the Honor Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Visual Arts from the San Diego Women’s Caucus for the Arts.
Redman was previously known as Helen Barchilon (married to Jacques Barchilon from 1960-1973). She reclaimed her maiden name, Redman, in 1976 (after losing her wallet). She has been married to Kenny Weissberg since 1977.
Three of Redman's early oil pastel drawings from the Pregnant Artist Series are included in the permanent collection of the Brooklyn Art Museum. Redman is also part of the first online digital archive dedicated solely to feminist art. This ever-growing database, maintained by the Elizabeth A.Sackler Center for Feminist Art, profiles major contributors to feminist art from the 1960s to the present.
Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Colorado
California State University San Marcos, San Marcos, California Centre Culturel Americain, Paris, France Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, Illinois Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Colorado Denver Art Museum, Colorado Founders Gallery, University of San Diego, California Galerija Portreta in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina Hearst Art Gallery, Saint Mary's College, Moraga, California HUB-Robeson Gallery, Penn State University, Pennsylvania Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska Kimball Art Center, Park City, Utah New York Open Center, New York, New York Salt Lake Art Center, Salt Lake City, Utah Thacher Gallery, University of San Francisco, California University of Colorado Fine Arts Gallery, Boulder, Colorado University of Iowa Fine Arts Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa Washington Women's Art Center, Washington, D.C. Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, Illinois Women's History Museum, San Diego, California
"All who linger at www.birthingthecrone.com enter a metaphorical terrain resonating with transformation. Here visual and written works course with ethereal energies as age erodes the protective shell of hidden fears, revealing the honesty that comes with mortality.... Look and be renewed." --Kristin Spence, Wired Magazine
"Redman offer[s] a visceral sense of artistic growth and new vitality.... In reclaiming, through language and images, the potency of post-menopausal women, Redman continues the invaluable work of feminist artists who for more than thirty years have been re-envisioning female potential. Birthing the Crone: Aging into Full Creativity functions as a kind of tapestry, weaving alternative visions of beauty found in experiences lived, love shared, pain survived, wisdom earned."--Debra Koppman, Artweek
"In Helen Redman's work we experience something quite extraordinary.... It is a kind of transparentizing vision that allows us to see the not normally seen, and to experience the not normally known." --Roland Reiss, Chair Dept. of Art, Claremont Graduate University
Photo by Kenny Weissberg, 2007
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS & LINKS: This site was first constructed in collaboration with my son-in-law, Kevin Frank (www.kevinfrank.com), my granddaughter, Shira Barchilon Frank, and my husband, author Kenny Weissberg (Kennyweissberg.com). My son, Paul Barchilon is now the designer of this intergenerational and archival site.
All of them have fabulous websites, please visit:
Webmaster Paul Barchilon (www.barchilonceramics.com) is a ceramic artist in Boulder, CO who creates beautiful platters, vases, tiles and Seder plates. He works both with traditional Islamic patterns and with his own complex geometric abstractions.
Nicole Barchilon Frank (http://open-heart-open-hands.com) offers practical and spiritual advice on Food, Bereavement, Poetry, Parenting, Relationships, and Weighty Matters as she takes you into "The Nicole Zone."
My husband Kenny Weissberg's (Kennyweissberg.com) memoir Off My Rocker: One Man's Tasty, Twisted, Star-Studded Quest for Everlasting Music has already spent time on both the "Best Entertainment Memoir" and "Best Rock Book" charts and is available on Amazon.