Catherine Heard’s work interrogates the histories of the science, medicine and the museum. Simultaneously attractive and repulsive, her works delve into primal anxieties about the body. Frequently, she uses traditional craft and historical techniques as foils for abject subject matter.
"Proverbs of Hell" is inspired by William Blake's "Marriage of Heaven and Hell" (1790). The pages were created using traditional oil based marbling on Japanese tissue paper treated with acrylic ink, and the figures are painted in oil. The drawings were originally part of an exhibition titled, "Gathering Shades" at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA), Toronto, 2002.
Catherine Heard's work has been exhibited in France, Denmark, Mexico, Canada and the US. It is in the permanent collection of the Canada Council Art Bank, The Art Gallery of Hamilton, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, and The Art Gallery of Kamloops. A graduate of the Master of Visual Studies program at the University of Toronto (2005), she also holds an undergraduate degree from the Ontario College of Art (1990).
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