Maybe no logical relationship is recognized between a viewer and an image. But each person holds these inherited associations with every form. Associations that one learns from a past generation mixed with one’s own experience. An image creates a story that is relative and depends wholly on the viewer’s act of reading to give it, and the experience of reading, value. An object’s truth is the unique echo that a viewer may find when reading a re-contextualized object.
I am interested in stirring these echoes, activating these inherited forms and challenging what we know them as. I am interested in the enigmatic nature of these forms being simultaneously inside and outside, the underground and the visible, private and public, minimal and handmade, the spiritual and the natural.
For example, a rooftop can refer to home, stability, shelter, but it may also refer to an action of reclaiming power- of influence, direction and earth. “Tear the roof of the mother, sucka,” a line in a Funkadelic song demands, asking the listener to reclaim a space, reveal their true selves, release that which is hidden.
An oracle gives guidance and truth. And like the process of building a roof, the legend of an oracle is passed down in an oral tradition. It is in a contemporary human’s nature to want to have an influence on their future, and to want to believe in something outside of themselves. The Roof series, as with much of my work, is an amalgam of distorted traditions and symbols, bequeathed and mashed up to fit a cultural need.
Artist Bio / CV
Born in Seattle, Heather Hart lives and works in New York. She studied at Cornish College of the Arts, Princeton University and received her MFA from Rutgers Univerity. Hart’s work has been included in a variety of publications including Jamaica Flux: Workspace & Windows 2007, Neo-Constructivism: Art, Architecture and Activism, and The Feminine Mystique: Contemporary Artists Respond. It has been exhibited worldwide including: Art in General, Real Art Ways, Jersey City Museum, 92YTribeca, Elizabeth Foundation, Rush Arts Gallery, Museum of Art and Craft in Japan, and inside New York subway cars. Hart was an artist in residence at Skowhegan School for Painting and culpture, Santa Fe Art Institute and Whitney ISP and Franconia Sculpture Park where she received a Jerome Fellowship. She received a fellowship from Socrates Sculpture Park and a NYFA Fellowship.