Heather Harvey

Drawing, Painting, Sculpture / Installation, Visual / Media

Awards Received

Independent Artist


I am interested in paying attention to whatever can challenge normal, automated ways of thinking, seeing, and understanding. So that, even within our highly mechanized, monitored, categorized, quantified way of living, we can still find areas of uncertainty, indeterminacy, and flux that open us up to possibilities, wonder, and reimagining.

About the Artist

Heather Harvey is a cross-disciplinary artist whose work straddles traditional boundaries of painting, drawing, sculpture, and installation-based strategies. She has had recent solo exhibitions at the Academy Art Museum in Easton MD, the Second Street Gallery in Charlottesville, Maryland Art Place in Baltimore, and Salisbury University Galleries, MD. She also exhibited at The Painting Center (NYC), the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts, NUTUREart (Brooklyn, NY), the William King Museum (VA), Denise Bibro (NYC), Vanderbilt University (TN), Page Bond Gallery (VA), and Claremont Graduate University in Los Angeles, CA. She received the Maryland Individual Artist Award (2014, 2017), Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship, and a Sustainable Arts Foundation Grant. She was awarded resident fellowships at the Buinho Creative Hub (Portugal) Vermont Studio Center, Virginia Center for Creative Arts. Her essay “Outliers, Fringes, Speculation, and Complicity,” was published in Creative Collaboration in Art Practice, Research, and Pedagogy in 2018.  Her writing has also been published in Art Papers, Sculpture Magazine, and NYArts. She is currently Associate Professor and Chair of Art + Art History at Washington College in Chestertown, MD.

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Artist's Statement

I am interested in hidden infrastructures and invisible ordering mechanisms – things like gravity, quantum physics, and radio waves, but also the human body, memory, and contradictory emotions like aversion and affection. My work exists somewhere between painting, sculpture, and drawing, and embodies aspects of each. I often work directly on gallery walls with the same materials the walls are made of – plaster, paint, drywall, spackling – to subtly transform the placid, inanimate architectural space into something stranger and less expected. The wall becomes a fluid, fluctuating zone rather than a hard architectural divider; a flimsy barrier between here and somewhere else. The sense of suspended fluidity and accumulated layers capture and sustain ephemeral moments. As metaphoric embodiments of time, they evince a tenderness towards the material world, and the fleeting moments when things are made, changed or destroyed. All of this has to do with mortality as well. The bubbles, plops, puddles, and stains in my work reference the tragicomedy of inhabiting a human body, and allude to natural processes of transformation and decay. There is a tension between chaos, dissolution, and destruction on one hand, and order, balance, and beauty on the other. The work also deals with absence, empty space, and traces of things that cannot be seen or are no longer there. In some installations, there is a sense of a concealed event happening just behind the wall’s surface. This alludes to other intangibles: unseen infrastructures, unrelenting change, and half-intuited realities.

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