Utilizing her body movements, Heather Hansen creates breathtaking, large scale charcoal paintings. In 2012 she began experimenting with kinetic drawing and has been searching for ways to combine her passion for visual art and dance.
Heather Hansen – Emptied Gestures
“Emptied Gestures is an experiment in kinetic drawing. In this series I am exploring ways to download my movement directly onto paper, emptying gestures from one form to another.”
Watching her process is a mesmerizing experience where lines emerge from her many natural, physical gestures. Without hesitation, she repeats her movements and smears the lines together into the final, unpredictable works. She then lifts her body off of the page to reveal the one-of-a-kind pieces.
Hansen quotes Joseph Campbell as part of her inspiration behind her work: “The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe. To match your nature with Nature.” Currently, Hansen’s work is being shown in a group exhibition, The Value of a Line, at The Ochi Gallery in Ketchum, Idaho, through March 31, 2014.