Kennedy, New York
Heather Kanazawa received her MA in Art Education from Edinboro University in 2011 and her BFA in Painting from Edinboro University in 2007. She has exhibited in a number of exhibitions, both regionally and nationally. Recent shows include the Weeks Gallery at Jamestown Community College, the Southern Tier Biennial Exhibition, the Erie Art Museum Spring Show, the Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts Regional Exhibition, and the Boxheart Gallery’s International Art Exhibition.
Heather speaks about her artistic process:
"I still remember the way the cool, crisp blues cut through formations of trees in the woods growing up in the country. Or the way the fabrics in my gingham dress flowed together on a windy day, making them look transparent. Memories, even small memories are very important to me as an individual, since they are essentially pure visual experiences that one can mentally find. In my intimate series of works, I want to capture the essence of my memories through formal elements of art. Both memory and process serve as key elements.
"My paintings are studies of memory and place. My work mainly is abstraction, because I feel that memory is a fleeting concept. Although memories last, they are not something tangible that we can touch or refer to daily. The painting process is essential in developing my work, where I am continually adding and subtracting paint, scraping, taking away, and playing with color and texture. I love to explore and experiment in each work to keep a sense of playfulness and spontaneity.
" I work intuitively in each work and let the act of painting guide me through each step. It is through this process that I am able to convey a sense of depth in my work and truly feel that it is resolved."
Visit Heather's website: http://www.hkanazawa.com/.