Heather Watts (1979, Vancouver) is a multi-media visual artist whose current bodies of deeply personal work emerge from her experiences with loss and illness in the context of modern culture.
Through vastly different forms, Heather’s work investigates the private, ambiguous realms which have fallen through the cracks of modern culture. On pages torn from vintage and antiquarian books she combines paint, pencil, ink, faux-gold leaf, found text and pictorial fragments to create a visual vocabulary for the secular afterlife. Her 2017 system-generated painting series Self Changing Colors harnesses the open-ended creative power of contemporary art in ways that have helped her reclaim agency over her health.
She has exhibited her art in American, Canadian and European galleries, including the Art Gallery of Calgary and La Luz de Jesus, Los Angeles. Beyond her studio work, Heather is interested in the cross-disciplinary space where art sheds its autonomy and becomes a partner in the cocreation of new realities. Her studio is in Vancouver, Canada.