Heather Hansen is a New Orleans-based artist who really puts herself into her work. In her project, "Emptied Gestures," she creates something like you've never seen before.
She begins by taking a mysterious stance on a huge, blank piece of paper.Spencer Hansen
With a piece of charcoal in hand, she lets her imagination come to life.Spencer Hansen
Next, she stretches her body over the white canvas... and something incredible starts to take shape.Spencer Hansen
She contorts, and glides over the canvas as the charcoal smoothly traces her every movement.Spencer Hansen
The way she moves is such art in itself that you almost forget what is being drawn.Spencer Hansen
Heather's goal is to "match her heartbeat with the beat of the universe."Spencer Hansen
The emotion that she puts into each piece is almost tangible, with the near-perfect symmetry of her work giving a physical form to the emotional balance she feels as she draws.Spencer Hansen
While most charcoal drawings come off as harsh and sharp, Heather's are soft and mesmerizing due to the lines being smeared gently by her skin.Spencer Hansen
The reveal of a finished piece is always emotionally charged.Spencer Hansen
Heather has a deep, spiritual connection with her work.Spencer Hansen
Although her pieces are black and white, the nature of her art invites us to explore the gray areas that connect our minds and bodies.Spencer Hansen
And more importantly, it shows us that even when we are not as perfect as society would like us to be...Spencer Hansen
... if we dare to touch the world around us...Spencer Hansen
we can truly create something amazing.Spencer Hansen
Heather is a dancer, painter, and sculptor. She has performed all of her talents around the world and she doesn't plan on stopping any time soon. Thank you for viewing and I hope you enjoyed!
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