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Heather Goodwind

Biography

Heather Goodwind was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania in 1973, and grew up between Berkeley, California and Key West, Florida.

In 1996 she graduated from Portland State University with a BA in Sculpture and co-founded Gallery 214 in Portland's Old Town district.

In 1997 she moved to Brooklyn where she began sculpting with found materials. This was also the beginning of her small format drawings in books which now number over 600 works.

In 2003 she relocated to Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she was based until 2012. There she participated in the Palacio Mexico artists' cooperative from 2005-7.

During 2007-8 she spent 12 months in China and SE Asia, studying with local and traditional artists, as well as visiting the burgeoning movements in 798 and the artist villages outside of Beijing and Shanghai.

She lived from 2010-12 in the Argentine coastal town of Santa Teresita, producing her first series of larger format works on paper.

In 2012 she returned to Portland, Oregon where she continues to live and work.

Artist Statement

My works represent a constant outpouring of singular impressions: clearly isolated images that capture flashes of emotion, changes in perception or moments of recognition.

I give fleeting thoughts as much consideration as monumental ideas: nothing is more important than anything else and every small thing has its place. This gives the works a cumulative effect: the parts clarify the whole.

Honors

Pollock Krasner Foundation, Project Grant
Leland Ironworks, Ford Family Foundation Golden Spot Residency Award
PLAYA at Summer Lake, Artist Residency, Upcoming - Spring 2018
Art in Embassies, U.S. Department of State, Public Collection, Monterrey Embassy, Mexico
The Drawing Center, Viewing Program, NYC

Solo Exhibitions

2017 The Inner Landscape Asian Art Platform, Singapore, SGP
2017 Rock, Paper, Mirrors Basil Hallward Gallery, Portland, OR
2016 The Inner Landscape FireHouse Gallery, Grants Pass, OR
2016 Abstract Landscapes West Linn Library, West Linn, OR
2014 After Every Tempest Come Such Calms Portland Center Stage, Portland, OR
2007 Recent Works Instituto Municipal de Cerámica de Avellaneda, Buenos Aires, Argentina
1997 Pretty Gallery 214, Portland, Oregon

Group Exhibitions

2017 Leland Iron Works Residency Show Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR - Upcoming: opening reception November 2nd, 5-8pm, exhibition closes November 22nd
2017 Affordable Art Fair Asian Art Platform, Singapore, SGP
2016 Line It Out - Formal Elements In Art Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery, Salem, OR
2015 Not Simply Here - Heather Goodwind and Renee Couture Betty Feves Memorial Gallery, Pendleton, OR
2015 New Work By Gallery Artists Portland Art Museum Rental Sales Gallery, Portland, OR
2015 Abstract Statements: Heather Goodwind, Bill Jehle and Christopher Conroe Juanita Salazar Lowe Art Gallery, Imperial, CA
2015 Heather Goodwind and Kendra Larson Lower Columbia College Art Gallery, Longview, WA
2014 New Artist Show Portland Art Museum Rental Sales Gallery, Portland, OR
2014 Seattle Erotic Art Festival Jurors Brom, Mollena Williams, Tracy Cilona, Mark Atwood and Heather Lanier, Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, Seattle, WA
2014 Tiny Vision Juror Shannon McBride, Lakewood Center for the Arts , Lake Oswego, OR
2014 Left Coast Annual Juried Exhibition Juror Jenny Gheith, Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, CA
2014 Lilliputians March Juror Mark Ruschman, Purdue University Galleries, West Lafayette, IN
2014 Oregon Artist Showcase Juror Elizabeth Spavento, Chehalem Cultural Center, Newberg, OR
2013 28th Tallahassee International Juried Exhibition Museum of Fine Arts, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
2013 Less is More: Small Works in a Great Space Jurors Jack Rasmussen and Joann Moser, The Elizabeth Meyers Mitchell Gallery, Annapolis, MD
2013 24th Annual Juried Show Juror Erin Cosgrove, Contemporary Arts Center, Las Vegas, CA
2007 Presence Juror Ken Feingold, Center for Modern Psychological Studies, New York, NY
2001 DaVinci Days Corvallis Arts Center, Corvallis, OR
2000 Juried Drawing Show Corvallis Arts Center, Corvallis, OR
2000 Monoprints Open Show, Malca Fine Art, New York, NY
1996 Three Visions Gallery 214, Portland, OR

Process

I am interested in psychology, science, and contemporary philosophy. My work is informed by a layperson's understanding of the ideas in these fields, and is often characterized by a personal and emotional response to them. I do not stake out a position on an issue and then illustrate my idea, but instead allow myself to explore issues from different angles while paying close attention to how they affect me and the people around me.

I use chance to make the first marks, then treat the result as a problem that needs solving. I look for patterns, find connections with the things I'm thinking or feeling, then shape the image by reconciling these diverse elements.

I follow random thoughts and emotions in an attempt to escape the fixed patterns of my preconceptions. This freedom is offset by my adherence to strict rules. I create numbered works in sequential series, finish each one with a signature, never retouch one that is signed, and never destroy or hide any of them. Upon completion, each new series is added to my website, which I view as my permanent record.