JULY 27, 2019 - SEPTEMBER 14, 2019
I use systems and mathematical patterns to make work about space, optics, and perception. I want to create spaces that embody a sense of the something sacred; spaces that transport. I’m searching for a sense of liminality, for spaces in flux that are questionable or invite questions about the real, the physical, and the metaphysical. In these spaces I gain a better understanding of materials, movement, and myself. I think a lot about balance, equilibrium, and harmony. These are impossible ideals to attain, yet I attempt it again and again and fail. I think these failures teach me the most about how to be a better artist and a better person.
My work takes many different forms. I make installations, sculpture, prints, drawings, and paintings. In all of these, I use abstraction, repetition, line, and color to build space. I want each work to have a sensational physical relationship to the eye and the body, even if it is small. I try to build patterns with an inherent sense of vibration and movement. Many of the patterns are based on math, number systems, or data about the natural world. I’m motivated by my place in a system of time, stars, waves, and particles that is too vast for me to fully comprehend. From this uncertain position, I make work.
Amber Heaton uses systems and patterns to create drawings, paintings, and installations. Her work has been exhibited at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Parrish Museum of Art, International Print Center New York, and other venues internationally. She has participated in residencies at Wassaic Project (2018), Center for Book Arts (2017-16), the AIM program at the Bronx Museum of the Arts (2016). Heaton received her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2012, and her BFA from the University of Utah in 2009. She was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in South Korea from 2001-2003. Heaton is based in Brooklyn, NY.
Top Left: To and Fro, 2017, Gouache on wood, latex paint, yarn, nails, screws, Variable dimensions