"Biting My Own Teeth" by Annie Heisey
The Alice Hirt and Jo Bearse Endowed Art Exhibition
Thursday, Feb. 27, 6 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 27 - Thursday, April 3
“Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth.” This quote by British philosopher Alan Watts sets the tone for this exhibition by Heisey, who draws on art historical and religious themes to explore the concepts of self-awareness and self-exploration. Self-awareness requires an intense study of one’s own motives and passions, painting a picture that is often jarringly different than anticipated. In a world of social media and constant communication, the personas we create often begin to obscure the way we view ourselves.
In this body of work, Heisey strives to investigate the motives, passions and self-deceptions that clutter the brain. She guides her subjects as they wander through the labyrinth of emotions, desires and frustrations of life, creating images that explore universal concepts through personal reflection.
Heisey received a bachelor of fine arts in drawing and painting and a bachelor of science in art education from Penn State University, as well as a master of fine arts in painting from Boston University. She was awarded a residency at Soaring Gardens Artist Retreat in Wyalusing, Penn., and served as the junior artist in residence at the Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland, Ore.
Her works have been shown in venues across the country, including the Boston Center for the Arts and the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, Penn.
Heisey currently resides in Portland, Ore., where she serves as assistant professor of art at Pacific Northwest College of Art and adjunct instructor of art at the Oregon College of Art and Craft.