Afterlife Art: Seated Figure by Heather Watts
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“…maybe the studio critique, the studio practice is simply the kind of preliminary training ground by which we might transform the world…”
— Theaster Gates


Studio Art >> Gallery Art >> Reality Art

Heather Watts

2020-11-10

With one foot planted in a studio practice of traditional art-making, I’m stepping into the post-disciplinary space where art sheds its autonomy and reality becomes the canvas.

Drawing inspiration from Tania Bruguera’s Arte Util, Theaster Gates’ social practice art, and the many hidden “artists” across disciplines responding to the gravity of the moment through serious play, I’m asking not only what “art” can do when

Drawing inspiration from Tania Bruguera’s Arte Util, Theaster Gates’ social practice art, and the many hidden “outsider artists” across disciplines responding to our current moment of crisis through serious play, I’m asking what “art”–and artists–can do when freed from ireductionist restrictions.  Since dipping a tentative first toe into this area on a personal level with my 2017 Self Changing Colors project, I’ve become part of a small arts collective exploring the integrated cross-domain application of artistic thought.

Meanwhile my studio work continues. As the delicate ephemeral works of my afterlife series You Drift Away Closer and Closer continue to develop, larger pieces and new subjects are emerging as an evolution on the same aesthetic. 

Standby for more…