A mathematician turned visual artist, Helena Kauppila is deeply fascinated by complex systems and the phenomena of emergence. Although Kauppila's work is representational, she derives her understanding of representation from mathematics, which can get quite abstract. Correspondingly, while her colourful canvases may appear haphazard and unplanned, there is a systems thinking behind them. Her work reflects the order of the genome, structure of mathematical theories, and the visceral human connection to nature and intuitive experience. Kauppila holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Columbia University and is the recipient of the Reginald Marsh and Felicia Meyers Marsh scholarship at the Art Students League of New York, where she studied under Larry Poons and Anita Steckel. She currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany.