Have you ever heard of Heather Hansen?
Click on the link below to take a look at this short video of her art making process for a breathtaking introduction:
The following article about Heather written by Joe White was sent to me by a colleague, and I am literally tingling with inspiration and a desire to try this for myself. The closest I have come to a process like this is hanging a giant peice of paper on a wall and using both arms to draw to the full extent of my reach, drawing out my feelings with oil pastels. However, taking such a large canvas to the ground and literally hugging the artwork and lying on it and moving on it with one’s whole body?? Stunning! Talk about embodied art-making. I love the physicality and kinetic qualiteis of her artwork, the symetry, the intention behind it, the concept of ‘emptying gestures’, and the interdisciplinary aspects of the work. I am also really appreciating the gorgeous photographs by Bryan Tarnowski. (bryantarnowski.com) that document the processes and performance.
Check out Heather’s website too, at: http://heatherhansen.net/
“Heather Hansen is a New Orleans-based artist who really puts herself into her work. In her project, “Emptied Gestures,” she creates something like you’ve never seen before.
She begins by taking a mysterious stance on a huge, blank piece of paper.
With a piece of charcoal in hand, she lets her imagination come to life.
Next, she stretches her body over the white canvas… and something incredible starts to take shape.
She contorts, and glides over the canvas as the charcoal smoothly traces her every movement.
The way she moves is such art in itself that you almost forget what is being drawn.
Heather’s goal is to “match her heartbeat with the beat of the universe.”
The emotion that she puts into each piece is almost tangible, with the near-perfect symmetry of her work giving a physical form to the emotional balance she feels as she draws.
While most charcoal drawings come off as harsh and sharp, Hansen’s are soft and mesmerizing due to the lines being smeared gently by her skin.
The reveal of a finished piece is always emotionally charged.
Heather has a deep, spiritual connection with her work.
Although her pieces are black and white, the nature of her art invites us to explore the gray areas that connect our minds and bodies.
And more importantly, it shows us that even when we are not as perfect as society would like us to be…
… if we dare to touch the world around us…
we can truly create something amazing.
Heather is a dancer, painter, and sculptor. She has performed all of her talents around the world and she doesn’t plan on stopping any time soon. Thank you for viewing and I hope you enjoyed!
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