Self-portrait with Monkey, 2011

Self-portrait with Monkey, 2011

Spring Break 2011

Spring Break 2011

Easter Bunny Basket Case, 2011

Easter Bunny Basket Case, 2011

 

 

3 Comments

  1. Amanda Krugliak
    July 18, 2012

    Heidi,
    These images are fantastic, so strange, and absurd, and dark and funny, and jangle-ly.
    I love them. Hope you are having a great event free summer.
    Amanda

  2. Roberta Key
    August 20, 2012

    Heidi,

    At 46 I’ve finally decided what I want to be when I grow up, an artist/art teacher. While doing research for my Art Apreciation class I came upon a mistake in the instructor’s power point presentation. It was supposed to show Frida’s Self Portrait With Monkeys, but mistakenly showed a duplicate image from the next slide. So, I HAD to look up the correct image for sanity’s sake & art posterity (of course). Here, I came upon your representation of the same title & the others. Thank you for letting us into your world & showing your art with a healthy serving of humor.

    Healing & light,

    Roberta

    PS (FYI I have a chronic pain disorder involving C5-C6 & L5-S1 agrivated by fibromyalgia. Your art made me laugh, wonder & hope for the future.)

  3. admin
    January 1, 2013

    Hi Amanda,
    You know, I didn’t check these comments until way after the fact. Thanks so much for looking…

    Great job on the gallery activities.

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Back Brace Self-Portraits

  • Performative
  • Photography

In February 2011, I broke my back (fractured L1) in a sledding mishap. The "cure" for such an injury is to immobilize the spine for 12-14 weeks with a custom-made, clam shell plastic brace. When the physical therapists first put the brace on me, I realized that the hard white plastic was a terrific blank canvas, white board, or stage. As anyone might imagine, it's pretty uncomfortable to sit upright or sleep in it. I spent the better part of 3.5 months on the couch. To keep myself entertained, I started shooting photos using my brace like a T-shirt, decorating it with humorous texts, slogans, and images. As time wore on, I started to see it as a replacement for my torso--a manufactured female body that I could place in any context. It was raw material, it was a shell, a costume and a partner. With it I was Venus, Frida, Miss America, an Easter egg, Humpty Dumpty, and Mr. Peanut.