Honestly, tho… brings together the work of artists in a range of media to focus on expressions of visual and textual intimacy. By visualizing traditionally private moments, relationships, bodies, and words, the artworks offer themes of encouragement transformed into resistance and revolution through public disclosure. They testify to the powerful relationships of trust built between subject and artist, and artist and public.
Artists included in the exhibition include Chicago-based photographer Marisa Klug-Morataya, numerous Twin Cities artists such as ceramicist Meg Brown and Ollie Schminkey, photographer Carla Rodriguez, letterpress printer Elana Wolowitz Schwartzman of Fontlove Studio, multimedia artist Joni van Bockel, painter and illustrator Stacey Combs; and local artist Heidi Blunt.
Join Prøve Gallery on Friday, April 12, from 7 - 10 p.m. for the opening reception. The exhibition will be on view through May 12. The exhibition is generously supported by the members & friends of Prøve Gallery. Operating support is also made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, thanks to legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage funds.
Body Type Fat
Heidi's 2017 solo exhibition Body Type Fat hung at the 315 Gallery(formerly the Washington Gallery) in Duluth, MN for the month of October. The show featured 18 pieces of her work completed over 2016 & 2017.
“Peach Pits”, 2017, Oil on canvas, 42” diameter - Currently for sale
“437”, 2016, Graphite, charcoal, & chalk pastel on paper ,72” by 42” - Private Collection
“285”, 2016, Graphite, charcoal, & chalk pastel on paper, 72” by 42”- Private Collection
“Renewal”, 2016, Graphite & marker on paper, 60” by 42”- Private Collection
“Rat Gut”, 2016 ,Graphite on paper, “80 by 48”- Private Collection
“Venus of Willendorf in the Garden”, 2017, Oil on canvas, 10" by 8" - Private Collection
”Venus of Willendorf Bloomed”, 2017, Acrylic on paper, 36” diameter- Private Collection
“Rat Gut Original”, 2016, Marker & glitter on paper, 24” by 18”- Private Collection
“Nude Kneeling Sketch”, 2017, Oil on canvas, 24” by 36” - Private Collection
“Self Portrait Seated”, 2016, Graphite on paper, 24” by 18” - Currently for sale
“Judged”, 2017, Graphite, charcoal, & chalk pastel on paper, 42” diameter - Private Collection
“Suit Up”, 2017, Oil on canvas, 48” by 36” - Currently for sale
“Progenitor”, 2017, Oil on canvas, 48” by 36” - Private Collection
“Of Course You Lost to the Blonde Marathon Runner Married to the Baseball Coach”, 2016, Oil on canvas, 24” by 18” - Private Collection
“Play Dough Lady #1”, 2016, Watercolor & marker on paper, 17” by 11” - Private Collection
“The Unacceptable”, 2017, Oil on canvas, 42” diameter - Private Collection
“Play Dough Lady #2”, 2016, Watercolor & marker on paper, 17” by 11” - Private Collection
“Play Dough Lady #3”, 2016, Watercolor & marker on paper, 17” by 11” - Private Collection
The constant painful message that my body takes up too much space has been heard loud and clear. It’s no secret that being fat can carry with it judgment from others. But fatness isn't a grotesquely self-inflicted deformity, it's just regular life for a growing number of people. As I try to hide from the fear of this judgment and brace against feelings of shame, I struggle sometimes to find my worthiness, and I’m left wondering about how perception of self and identity form for an individual.
Does fatness as a physical trait infiltrate perceptions of self simply because others are unable to understand that identity can exist without fatness being involved? And if this is the case, should this disconnect between physicality and perception matter to me?
I enjoy the challenge of figurative drawing. It requires hours of practice and I feel rusty when I haven’t been able to draw from life for a few hours a week. I prefer to draw from life as I start my pieces because to my eye, the resulting image holds more energy and volume than an image I've worked on only from reference photos.