Helen Atkins is an artist from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her creative drive is motivated by a desire to explore identity, both introspectively and communally. She is attracted to the presence of contradiction in identity. As a biracial woman, she finds herself reflecting on the conflicting elements in her sense of self, struggling to find balance and harmony. Her artwork aims to compose opposing forces harmoniously. In her sculptural work she combines the female body with natural forms, challenging the perceived softness of femininity with rigid texture and reference to cacti. She often leaves exposed dark and light clay bodies, examining the complexities of her cultural and racial identity. She received her Studio Arts degree from the University of New Mexico in 2016. In 2018 she was the recipient of the inaugural Women in Creativity “Shine” Awards, honoring creative women and their work in community. Additionally, she was recently appointed to the Albuquerque Museum Board of Trustees.