About Heather

Artist Statement

On a recent trip to Oaxaca, I had the good fortune to work with a recycled paper sculptor who generously taught me her process and techniques. Although I have previously worked only in 2-D media, specifically oils and printmaking, I have fallen in love with sculpture and have continued to explore this medium since returning home. I love the physicality of the process: cutting and bending wire; feeling the paper mulch in my hands as I make and apply it; engineering viable structures; pouring cement bases; painstakingly assembling intricate skirts, piece by piece. 


My first series of sculptures are female figures that evoke, for me, inner struggles and strengths, and strivings. I lean towards themes that allow me to create dynamic figures, often in movement or in a state of balancing. One goal is to create for my audience a slight sense of unease and connection. As others before me, I aim to use the figure as a metaphor. I construct whimsical skirts that help support the theme of the piece by their shape and the materials I use. For instance, in The Storm, the figure is bracing into the wind with a battered umbrella, and her skirt, made of puzzle pieces, is large and billowing with many holes, evoking her struggle. In The Calling, a ballet dancer ‘on point’ wears a tutu, constructed of window screening. The sharp, unraveling, metal tutu evokes the harshness and pain of this graceful dancer’s calling. I am inspired to continue in this series by the seemingly endless offerings the female experience provides. Skirt materials present themselves to support a visual metaphor. The skirts of upcoming works include constructions from barbed wire, nail-gun nails, and beach trash.   

In contrast, I have begun to experiment with smaller animal figures. By leaving them unpainted, I expose the raw, mottled, textured paper pulp and rely on the simple forms to carry the pieces. 


Working in a new medium means I am constantly learning, and as I get more comfortable with the basics, I can push the boundaries of my craft. Inspired by my continued study of past and contemporary sculptors like Edgar Degas, Giacomo Manzu, and Phillip Levine, I am experimenting with different treatments of the sculpting material. As my “engineering” skills improve, I try more challenging structures. I am also exploring different recycled and found objects to incorporate into my work and am fascinated when I come across other artists who work with recycled materials. Last but not least, I am intrigued by the potential sculpture has to evoke feelings and connect to the viewer. As the Seattle sculptor Phillip Levine said, “Sculpture is three-dimensional storytelling. Sculpture leaves a great deal of room for the viewer to bring his/her story to add understanding and enjoyment.” I have been delighted to experience this reaction in people viewing some of my work, and I am challenged to create pieces that tap into universal questions and issues that speak to my audience. 

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