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Sally Heller

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trees and smut cottage
trees and smut cottage
The tension in my work derives from the conflict between my mass -produced, utilitarian materials and the highly individualized finished pieces. I subvert the pragmatic materials by applying timeless handiworkto them. For instance, I weave black cable wire, strings plastic bottle caps together and use false fingernails as mosaic tiles to construct beauty masks. In the use of wallpaper, I pair image with text. Tension is created by cutting out the word thereby interrupting the pattern of the paper. The chosen text reflects the mood or image portrayed by the paper.
black & white wall of balls
black & white wall of balls
hanging by a thread
hanging by a thread
vanity face
vanity face
spiraling vortex
spiraling vortex
My work radiates a wry impatience with our product laden social conventions as well as the austere structures of late modernist practice; all the while acknowledging the central and contradictory importance of mass culture and its relationship to contemporary art. I think of my work as hybrids. By pairing odd combinations of materials together like golf balls and wire, I arrive at an object both familiar and strange, a thing that defies category. When building three dimensional installations, my decisions are based on spatial considerations as well as capitalizing on the contents at hand. For example in a giant web made out of cable, clothes and other daily items are used to fill in the gaps creating a stuffed effect. This stuffed or crammed effect is a metaphor for the glut of consumerism in our lives. In another example, a series of vanity faces are made out of plastic fingernails in a mosaic fashion parodying the superficial concept of beauty in our society.
pin-up girl
pin-up girl
Sally Heller is will be showing at Worm-Hole Laboratory in 'Gypsies Curse'curated by José-Carlos Diaz. Exhibition runs from June 10, 2004 through July 8, 2004. Buena Vista Building,180 NE 39th Street, 2nd Floor,Miami. Florida. 33137.Contact: wormholelab@yahoo.com or 305.798.6529
Miami, FL
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