Art Brokerage: Helen Elena Escobedo Mexican Artist: b. 1934-2010. Helen Elena Escobedo is of transcultural heritage and identity. Born in Mexico City of an English mother and a Mexican father, she majored in the humanities and received her master's degree in sculpture at the Royal College of Art in London. She also received a Guggenheim fellowship in 1991. One of the first artists of her generation to embrace site specificity both in her permanent as well as ephemeral works, she was also a precursor in the field of non permanent installations made from fortuitously available natural and industrial materials in Mexico. She works on projects around the world, from New Zealand to Israel, England, Canada, the United States and Latin America. Until her death in 2010, she shuttled between her two studios in Mexico and Germany. Escobedo has, in one career, combined multiple roles in the art world. She has served as the director of three major Museums in Mexico City, has written essays and lectured extensively on contemporary art, has been published in scholarly journals devoted to aesthetic issues, and has experience in the performing arts. Her work typically flows with a mixture of planned and serendipitous decisions, as she collaborates with local helpers. Escobedo's combination of international artistic accomplishments; sensitivity to contexts of time, place, and the creativity of people, are exemplary at many levels. Her perspectives on life and art at the cusp of a new century affirms the importance of artistry in the spaces we see, create, inhabit, and too often take for granted. She communicates the intimate connections between art, the natural and human-made environment, history and the life of people as individuals and in comunities.