It is with great pleasure that BoxHeart Gallery presents Heather Heitzenrater: Thresholds in our 2nd floor gallery January 17th to February 17th, 2017.
Heitzenrater is fascinated with conveying the human figure in surreal environments. Compelled by characters in science fiction novels and fantasy books, Heitzenrater's paintings explore the split second these characters spend in that thin space captured between dream and reality. Heitzenrater defines this space as a threshold and imagines what it would be like to get suck there or to just nose about. Her current series, Thresholds, incorporates the figure with reflective Mylar. Its silver, liquid-like surface forms abnormal shapes and catches magnificent colors from its surroundings. Reflections contort images in ways that makes us see things differently. It creates abstract images in real life by twisting and bending to the point where objects and places are intangible. Heitzenrater uses these reflections to create a world full of chaos and curiosity. The Mylar acts as the portal that ties the real world to the unknown. It pulls the figure into this thin space between worlds. Sometimes, the Mylar wraps itself around the figure as if it has arms or as if the figure disintegrates into the portal. Each figure reacts to this action in a diverse and unique way; fear, anger, intrigue, confusion, or sometimes nostalgia of a time long ago. Her artwork consists of oil paintings on wooden panels that range from 24" X 30" to 40" X 45".
Heitzenrater (b. 1992) grew up in Punxsutawney PA. She now lives with her husband and their two cats in Pittsburgh. Heitzenrater received her BFA in Painting and Drawing from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2015. Her work has been shown in the Erie Art Museum and has be published in the Chimera 11 journal and also on the cover of the Happy Hour Review. In addition, Heitzenrater is an exhibition chair person for the Pittsburgh Society of Artists (PSA). Along with showing her artwork around the city, Heitzenrater also hosts painting parties at Painting with a Twist in the South Side of Pittsburgh. Heitzenrater's studio is located at the Radiant Hall Susquehanna location.