April 07 ,
04:30 PM -
Mary Heebner, Artist, Writer
Mapping the Geography of a Face
In her work, Mary Heebner often turns to myth to broaden her understanding of the connections between humans and the earth. When she visited Angkor Temple Complex in 2000 and 2001 she explored the myth of Angkor Wat's famous 700 foot long frieze, the Churning of the Sea of Milk and other sculptural works throughout the complex through both drawing and photography. She explored how little visual information you need to recognize a human face, and that although throughout time humans have carved likenesses in stone, eventually through time, these too return to earth. Heebner began a series called Geography of a Face, in which she explores the connection between human geographic form. The faces read as maps and the myth shaped the path to her creation of the books, scroll paintings, drawings and text that form Silent Faces Angkor. As she found further insight into the myth's relevance to the creative process her own narrative shifts from the traditional myth to an exploration into the nature of images and ideas that spark them. In this installation silent faces/Angkor, Heebner incorporates imagery and writing to create an interpretation of the myth that is elemental, spiritual and involving, and will provide new avenues of insight and wonder in this multi dimensional installation.
Mary Heebner is an internationally known book artist, writer, publisher, painter and installation artist with works in public and private institutions including the Library of Congress, National Gallery of Art, The British Library, The New York Public Library, Dartmouth College, University of California, University of Michigan and Stanford University.
FEAS Seminar Room (Mary Houghton Freeman Room)
Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies