Heffernan’s recent paintings create alternative habitats in response to environmental disaster and planetary excess. With rising waters, she imagines worlds in trees or on rafts in which undulating mattresses, tree
Heffernan’s recent paintings create alternative habitats in response to environmental disaster and planetary excess. With rising waters, she imagines worlds in trees or on rafts in which undulating mattresses, tree boughs and road signs guide the journey. Construction cones interrupt the landscape signaling places to stop, enter tiny interior worlds and reflect on the human condition — its feckless activity, violence, failure and redemption.
Heffernan tends these alternative environments to safeguard bounties we cannot live without. In other moments, she names names and points fingers to those people and activities implicated in recent calamities of both the physical and socio-political environment.
Intricately wrought, Heffernan’s painting evoke the fantastical allegory of Hieronymus Bosch and the sublime of Thomas Cole and Albert Bierstadt.
Heffernan received her MFA in painting from Yale and a BFA from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She has received numerous grants, including a National Endowment for the Arts grant, a New York Foundation for the Arts grant and a Fulbright Fellowship. Her works are in the collections of major museums, including the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. She is represented by P.P.O.W. in New York and Catharine Clark in San Francisco. Heffernan is a professor of fine arts at Montclair State University.
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