USM Art Department

Helen Stringfellow

Part-Time Lecturer of Art
Helen Stringfellow

Office Location

109 Robie-Andrews Hall, Gorham, ME 04038

Faculty Office Hours Fall 2022

Before and After class



Academic Degrees

  • MFA (Sculpture), Edinburgh College of Art  
  • MA (Hons) Fine Art, University of Edinburgh & Edinburgh College of Art


Helen Stringfellow is a British artist, designer and entrepreneur with an MA in Fine Art from Edinburgh University and Edinburgh College of Art, and an MFA in Sculpture from Edinburgh College of Art. For the last twenty years, Helen has been making installation art collaboratively with the Danish artist Lars Jerlach, under the name tectonic industries. They have exhibited widely across the globe, most recently with solo shows at Burlington City Arts and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art.

tectonic industries examine the artifice inherent within the creation of the modern myths and belief systems of popular culture. Ultimately these created worlds become a pervasive form of reality, universally meaningful within the mainstream collective memory. At the heart of the investigation lies a fascination with visual, literal, televisual and cinematic pop culture that centers on appearances and narrative. Borrowed language is distorted, manipulated and morphed to heighten the artificial. Referencing immediately identifiable cultural signifiers in conjunction with our seemingly endless quest for self-improvement, tectonic industries create mixed-media installations that scrutinize our all-encompassing desire for instant gratification and immediate satisfaction.

Helen lives in Portland, Maine with her husband Lars, their three girls, and an assortment of pets.