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Video Interview: Mary Heebner, Intimacies

Mary Heebner, an American artist has been connected to the power of the natural world for most of her artistic career, observing exotic landscapes, working with earth and water, with minerals and pigments, or anything that dissolves in water.  She manipulates textures and handmade papers to communicate the beauty and knowledge she has acquired.  For Mary, art is all about finding line and shape.  Much like a cave artist, she crafts her work through spatters and spills, looking within that surface to reveal the form.  As she explains, “Once you have drawn something and really looked at it and studied it, you have owned it in a way.”  Mary preserves for us the natural beauty of landscapes, animating the exchange between words and images, images that lend to the creation of these earthy, vivid, and well-crafted works.  She strives to remind us how we all are interrelated.

Here we get a glimpse of her inspirational exhibition Intimacies/Intimismos, and see locations that led to these works as well as some techniques and processes she employs.  Through the poetry of Pablo Nerudo, translated and read by Alasteer Reid, we gain further insights into her paintings, Intimacies, the series inspired through his lyrical sounds.  Some of the paintings are on view until April 17, 2010 at the Edward Cella Art + Architecture Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.

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Special thanks to Boston-based guitarist, musician, and writer Anthony Weller for allowing the use of his music from the album, Guitar of the Americas.  He is a personal friend of the artist and his talents are much appreciated.

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Contact the filmmaker: Veronica Aberham,

Posted by Veronica Aberham on 4/1/10

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