Remnant reflects both the intimate relationship that I have with my daughter, and the ritualistic routine of diapering. To create the images in Remnant, I scanned traces of my daughter's diaper stains, converted them to black and white, and printed them on watercolor paper. This process transforms a "dirty" material into abstract, ephemeral photographs. Motherhood is, at its essence, temporal. Becoming a parent has made me very consciously aware of time and the ways in which we mark it.
Remnant is an exploration of marks over a period of a year and a half.
Traces is a daily meditation on intimacy revealed in the bed sheets and echoed in the small scale of the images. The images are a narrative of time, presence, touch and connection.
Sisyphus is an archive of the every day. Simultaneously alluring and abject, hidden gems are revealed in the mess.
The series is a challenge that I gave to myself to make seductive photographs from an unlikely and visceral source. I am aesthetically inspired by modernist photographers and formal compositions, but conceptually inspired by feminist artists such as Mierle Laderman Ukeles whose work explored ideas of labor. I seek the tension between the grotesque and the beautiful, between the subject and the treatment.
We are temporal beings, bound by our mortality. Aging has made me keenly aware of the value of my time. These photographs are my attempt to make peace with the ongoing piles of dirty dishes waiting to be cleaned.
My photographic art practice transforms images of the mundane into the sublime. The ordinary is invisible; we see it and pass it by. I make visible that which we take for granted.
Inspired by Wabi Sabi, a philosophy and aesthetic that comes for Japanese Buddhism, I utilize marks as temporal narratives. Vestiges are intimate and revealing, unique and historical. My images capture the beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete; of things modest and humble. They address the covert value of labor, in particular with respect to time.
Victoria Mara Heilweil is a nationally exhibited photographic artist, curator and educator. She received her Masters of Fine Arts from California College of the Arts in 1995. Her work has been included in exhibitions at the de Young Museum, San Jose Institute for Contemporary Art, Intersection for the Arts, Southern Exposure, California Academy of Sciences, Art Works Downtown, PHOTO Fine Art and Rayko Photo Gallery in the Bay Area, wall space gallery and Robert V. Fullerton Art Museum in Southern California, University Art Gallery at California State Chico, Minneapolis Photo Center, Visual Arts Center in Portsmouth, VA and Washington Square Art Galleries in New York City. She has also created public and community based artworks in conjunction with the ZERO1 Biennial in San Jose, CA and the Bayview Opera House in San Francisco, CA. In 2014 Victoria was awarded a grant from the Puffin Foundation.
Victoria is an independent curator who has curated exhibitions at Root Division, PHOTO Gallery and Art Works Downtown. She was also a founding member of MicroClimate Collective, an artist created curatorial project, which produced twelve exhibitions over eight years.
In addition to her exhibition and curatorial history, Victoria has taught for the past 20 years at colleges and community centers, and is a mom to a funny and inquisitive 10-year-old daughter.
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