Born in Seattle, Heather Hart was an artist in residence at Skowhegan, Santa Fe Art Institute, Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop and at the Whitney ISP and received fellowships from NYFA, Jerome Foundation and Harvestworks. Her work has been included in a variety of publications and exhibited worldwide including at Socrates Sculpture Park, Art in General, Rush Arts Gallery, Museum of Art and Craft in Japan, Portland Art Center and Brooklyn Museum of Art. She studied at Princeton and received an MFA from Rutgers. Hart lives and works in Brooklyn.
I create forms that fuse fabricated and historical belief systems; legends that have been bequeathed through generations, mixed with invention and intuition, fitting current cultural needs, creating something new to reclaim our sense of purpose and empower the individual.
Everyone inherits unique associations with forms. I look for forms that are enigmatic by nature: simultaneously inside/outside, private/public, minimal/handmade, spiritual/natural. Content further transforms depending on perception, which is what happens to legends that are handed down in their oral tradition. A form has a story that is relative and depends wholly on the viewer’s act of reading to give it, and the experience of reading, value.
A form’s truth is the unique echo that a viewer may find when reading it re- contextualized. I want to stir these echoes, I want to activate these inherited forms and re-examine “truth” through my work. I’m interested in generating a tactile memory of an experience, a discussion, giving the “viewer” some responsibility in the art viewing process and asking viewers to question their position and their power. Participants who engage with my work bring their frame of reference to mingle with the forms I’ve offered as a catalyst. I believe people listen better when they are involved in the process of discovery.