Susan Heideman, Proteanna Series #8, 2007
collage, watercolor, gouache, embroidery.
Courtesy of the artist
Members' Preview Reception September 15, 2012, 6 - 8pm
Wednesday, September 12, 12pm
Susan Heideman in conversation with critic William Corbett
Sunday, November 4, 4pm
For a more than a decade, Susan Heideman has been depicting the ocean’s “in-between entities”—forms that defy gravity or mass, that swim, fly, hurl, creep, ooze, and penetrate solid planes. Their existence may be almost ethereal, and their composition may be curious, these creatures do exist and remind us of our own primordial beginnings. Heideman examines these shapes with a sense of wonder, using her old monotypes inspired by invertebrate biology, which she has torn into fragments. The artist reconfigures these works into intriguing shapes, suturing them with thread that form energetic, distinctive marks.
In the catalogue that accompanied Heideman’s 2012 solo show at Smith College Art Museum, Animalvegetablemineral, poet and writer William Corbett wrote, “What Heideman has given us is an ocean of possibilities in which we are free to associate as we please. We rise and fall in her world. Her colors and forms are familiar yet strange, and we recognize them, but they will never be classified in a book or on a website. You can drift in her world, slumberous and alert. Heideman’s is a made-up world constantly making itself up. It is no wonder that she says she doesn’t know what sort of painter to call herself.”
On Wednesday, September 12 at 12 pm, artist Susan Heideman will speak on her work. On Sunday, November 4 at 4pm, artist Susan Heideman in will engage in conversation about her work with critic and writer William Corbett.
Susan Heideman’s art career began at Boston University, where she earned her BFA. Still an undergraduate student, she won a scholarship to attend Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, in Skowhegan, Maine, and then Tanglewood Summer Institute in Lenox, Massachusetts. Following graduation, she attended Indiana University, where she received an MFA.
In 1976, Heideman began teaching at Smith College, where she’d remain the next thirty-six years. She retired last May and now, in her Boston studio, she pursues art-making full-time. Heideman has shown her work throughout New England, including Alpha Gallery, Clark Gallery, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Worcester Art Museum, and Rose Art Museum.
About the Critic and Writer
William Corbett is a poet, memoirist and writer on art who teaches writing at MIT. He has published books on the painters Philip Guston and Albert York; edited the letters of the poet James Schuyler and he directs the small press Pressed Wafer. Corbett's most recent book of poems is Elegies for Michael Gizzi published in 2012 by Katranpress.