Helen Almeida is a Portuguese artist and photographer who was active creating surreal photography and collage from the 1967 on into the 80's.
Her work plays with the line between the art and the viewer, breaking the forth wall, acknowledging the medium. Playing with expectations. It also makes the artist herself, the subject of the work. Another boundary to play against.
There is no difference between the work and artist's body. In her work, a woman's image is always present, but the image is transformed in a painting or drawing. Almeida avoided creating self-portraits. Rather, "My work is my body, my body is my work." "I am the canvas." Her work has been described as "halfway between a performance (capturing an instant), and body art (the body itself as the absolute protagonist).