HEATHER HANSEN INTERVIEW - Ochi Gallery News. Ochi Gallery: When people ask you to describe your work how do you answer?
Heather Hansen: Currently I am exploring kinetic drawing. I make large scale pieces in charcoal or pastels using my body as a drawing tool. Heather Hansen. Emptied Gestures: Physical Movement Translated into Symmetrical Charcoal Drawings by Heather Hansen. Photo by Bryan Tarnowski Photo by Spencer Hansen at Ochi Gallery Splayed across a giant paper canvas with pieces of charcoal firmly grasped in each hand, Heather Hansen begins a grueling physical routine atop a sizeable paper canvas.
Her body contorts into carefully choreographed gestures as her writing implements grate across the floor, the long trails resulting in a permanent recording of her physical movements. Part dance and part performance art, the kinetic drawings are a way for Hansen to merge her love for visual art and dance into a unified artform. The final symmetrical patterns that emerge in each pieces are reminiscent of a Rorschach test, or perhaps cycles found in nature. Film — Heather Hansen. Artist Uses Entire Body to Create Larger than Life Charcoal Drawings. Jan 23, 2014 Artist Heather Hansen Heather Hansen is a performance artist and painter who uses her entire body to create larger than life kinetic drawings with charcoal.
Using concentric patterns with her hands, feet and body; Hansen creates large canvases in her studio and even in front of live audiences (as seen below at the Ochi Gallery in Idaho).