Photographer's Note

It is almost impossible to capture the ambience of the Owl House and Camel Yard created by the eccentric Miss Helen Martins. Here is another shot in a series I took when visiting her home. For reference I suggest you look at the other shots in the series
Outsider Artist Miss Helen Martins

The interior tablescape pictured here is another shot taken at the home of ‘outsider’ artist Miss Helen Martins. The objects are all items which inspired, or had, special significance for Miss Helen. The leather camels were a gift and became a major theme in her work. The Mona Lisa became the inspiration for a bas-relief and the religious imagery is echoed in the overall ambience of the sculpture garden.
Miss Helen, as she was known, looked after ailing parents for 17 years and after their deaths she was with few prospects in a marginalized Karoo village. She became increasingly reclusive and isolated from the local community. Known to the residents as 'Miss Helen' and thought of as a strange and rather outlandish character, she shied away from general contact, and began transforming her house and garden.
It is said that she lay ill in bed one night, considering how dull and grey her life had become, when she resolved, there and then, that she would strive to bring light and colour into her life. That simple decision, to embellish her environment, was to grow into an obsessive urge to express her deepest feelings, her dreams and her desires.
She covered all the walls and ceilings in her house with crushed glass, hung sun and crescent moon shaped mirrors and painted ‘sun-faces’ on windows. In other words she filled her home with objects which reflected light and colour. Once the interior decoration was complete, she began to transform her garden in what is known as ‘The Camel Yard’.

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