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Heather Sparks

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Stanford University, 2007, MFA
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, 1994, residency program
San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI), 1994, BFA
Kala, residency program, 2001
RISD, core program, 1990

exhibition/performance, sculpture, conceptual, figurative, graffiti/street-art, abstract, digital, photography, modern, performance, landscape, video-art, realism, installation


Transformation, transition, regeneration, and the balance between strength and collapse, stability and destruction, are themes that shape my work. I am guided by an investigation of scale, and the relationship between micro and macro elements. These elements exist simultaneously within my work as a way of addressing the often contradictory forces and influences within social behavior, stereotypes, pop cultural trends, psychoanalytic theory, and economic dynamics: weakness within strength, quiet subversion, and violence within order.

I often use myself as a base material to become a kind of locator to address dislocation, self-sufficiency, narcissism, want, power plays, self-actualization and social responsibility. Through breaking myself down into an abstract building material, I seek a vantage point that is simultaneously myself and other, in order to explore the ways in which in which perspective shapes perception. This work is formed by a process that has involved using low-tech tools, like home printers, and software designed for the consumer market, as well as industrialized standards of allure, as a template for artistic practice. My practice includes video, sound pieces, large-scale digital prints that become sculptural components, and participatory, socially engaged work that directly address corporate culture and consumer fantasy through projects that explore human impulse through meditative action.

Heather Sparks is a conceptual artist whose work spans sculptural installation, video, drawing and socially engaged projects in public spaces. Her work has been exhibited internationally, and has been included in the Valencia Biennale, “Observatori”, in Valencia, Spain, the Lyon Biennale, in Lyon, France. Recent projects have been exhibited at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston College, UK, San Francisco Art Commission Gallery, the Sotheby’s Institute NY, NY, and the Atomic Testing Museum- Smithsonian Museum, Las Vegas. Her work has been reviewed and featured in Flash Art, World Sculpture News, Art Papers, LA Times, Herald Tribune, Ha’aratz, Studio Magazine, Camerawork Journal of Photographic Arts, Surface Magazine, Architecture Now, Der Freund, SF Bay Guardian, Slash Seconds, Opium Magazine, Zing Magazine, and other publications. She has been a Kala artist in residence, and is a Skowhegan alumni. Heather received a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1994, and a MFA from Stanford University in 2007.

Recent Exhibits

Heather Sparks participated in these exhibits:

Jan, 2014 5 Year Anniversary Group Show
Ever Gold Gallery
Nov, 2013 All Good Things…
SOMArts Cultural Center
Sep, 2013 Incursion/Recursion
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Oct, 2012 Pencil
Carter Presents, London
Feb, 2012 Vast and Undetectable Discovery Day
San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery (main site)
Jan, 2012 Vast and Undetectable
San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery (main site)
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