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Heather L. Johnson
updated: 02/08/2013
website: www.heatherLjohnson.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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207 Acres
Blacklisted
Grafitti
Redrum
S
Terra Incognita
Terra Incognita, detail
Squeeze
Squeeze, detail
Push-Pull
Artificial Lung
Artificial Heart
Grease
Grease, detail
Shock
 
Portfolio Keywords:  architecture, mapping, text, conceptual, craft, identity, landscape, process, memory, repetition
 
 
207 Acres by Heather L. Johnson
207 Acres
thread on linen
2010
7 " x  6 " 
Blacklisted by Heather L. Johnson
Blacklisted
thread on linen
2010
7 " x  6 " 
Grafitti by Heather L. Johnson
Grafitti
thread on linen
2010
7 " x  6 " 
Redrum by Heather L. Johnson
Redrum
thread on linen
2011
7 " x  6 " 
S by Heather L. Johnson
S
thread on linen
2010
7 " x  6 " 
Terra Incognita by Heather L. Johnson
Terra Incognita
thread on linen
2010
13 " x  26 " 
Terra Incognita, detail by Heather L. Johnson
Terra Incognita, detail
thread on linen
2010
13 " x  26 " 
Squeeze by Heather L. Johnson
Squeeze
thread on linen
2009
10.5 " x  29 " 
Squeeze, detail by Heather L. Johnson
Squeeze, detail
thread on linen
2009
10.5 " x  26 " 
Push-Pull by Heather L. Johnson
Push-Pull
thread on linen
2009
7" x  8.5" 
Artificial Lung by Heather L. Johnson
Artificial Lung
thread on linen
2009
13 " x  9 " 
Artificial Heart by Heather L. Johnson
Artificial Heart
thread on linen
2009
7.5 " x  8 " 
Grease by Heather L. Johnson
Grease
thread on linen
2009`
10.5 " x  13 " 
Grease, detail by Heather L. Johnson
Grease, detail
thread on linen
2009
10.5 " x  13 " 
Shock by Heather L. Johnson
Shock
thread on linen
2009
10.5" x  11.5" 

Artist Statement

I grew up moving from place to place.  Dramatic cultural transitions defined each move: Hawaii to suburban Chicago; Rio Grande du Sol, Brazil to Heber City, Utah; Woking, Surrey, England to Houston, Texas.  This process, along with an entrenched fondness for long road trips, has inspired my ongoing investigation of rootlessness, of moving through space without connecting to it.  My work examines spaces from the perspective of an outsider looking in, positioning the viewer to gaze intimately at things that are temporary, generally ignored, or distorted by memory.

 

Employing a range of media, my work reenacts the act of searching, of hunting for clues from the past to build new connections to the present. Drawing on source material such as maps, engineering schematics, official documents, newspaper articles, internet ephemera, and the personal stories of friends and strangers, I often use labor-intensive processes to render richly layered images of things often forgotten or taken for granted.  I look for relationships between different types of experiences, searching for evidence in the landscape of patterns and cycles that reveal our own fragile natures, as humans, in relation to it.  It is my hope that the work inspires questions about where we are, physically and psychologically, in relation to what surrounds us.

 

Artist Bio / CV

Born in 1969 in Wahiawa, Hawaii, I have shown my work in galleries, museums and in the public realm throughout the United States, in Europe and in Japan.  In 2001, I earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from California College of the Arts in San Francisco, and have completed residencies at McColl Center for Visual Art in Charlotte, North Carolina, and at Winthrop University in South Carolina.  I have curated several exhibitions and collaborative projects, including Cracks in the Pavement: Gifts in the Urban Landscape, involving artists from around the world, and most recently, Love Letter, a collection of collaborative site-specific works presented in New York and Paris. Weehawken, New Jersey is my current home.