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Heidi Kirkpatrick




Reveal II

The Gift

Sweet Nothings




The Nest
Heidi Kirkpatrick

I am in love with film. All of my work is made with film. I shoot on film. I print on film. I do all of my own work in my darkroom. I like it dripping off my elbows. I do not use a lot of fancy equipment. My “models” are my family and friends. Throughout my career, my work has explored the female figure, family narratives, and contemporary issues of being a woman. My intent is to create works of art that are approachable in form and content and are interactive, yet fragile. I use photographs to transform found objects into pieces of art. Fusing transparent figurative and family portraits with children’s toys, books, boxes and tins, I create a playful tension between imagery and object. My work breathes new life into these objects, yet they leave hints of the past in their lovingly worn appearances. I live with a substantial amount of physical pain and have for many years. In my continual search for an answer, as well as my way of dealing with the unexplained, I dissect my Gray’s Anatomy book. The pages find their way into my work, layered under images of those closest to me. The illustrations bind, clothe and wrap the body. Putting the inside on the outside, I wear my heart on my sleeve. These works depart from the formality of a frame as they are arranged on a table top or a shelf, often placed side by side to reveal the complexities of the feminine allure while drawing on memories, contemporary issues, and visual formality.