“My images have confronted many subjects that plague modern women,” says Heidi Kirkpatrick, “family, memory, doubt of self-image, breast cancer, objectification, pain, and addiction.”
|Heidi Kirkpatrick, With One Arm Behind Her Back II, 2012|
Her Souvenirs series deals with the expectations of contemporaries – women restrained in confined places. This is the first project that integrated book pages with imagery.
Kirkpatrick uses found objects to exhibit her photographs instead of traditional frames: children’s blocks with worn corners, tattered tins, pocket-sized books with fragile pages, and old ashtrays. She infuses a new energy into these discarded items.
|Heidi Kirkpatrick, Presse, 2012|
The artist devotes a lot of time to searching for trinkets at second-hand stores, yard sales, and antique shops. Family and friends even give her objects they think can be used for her creations.
Oftentimes, the knick-knacks pair themselves naturally with her photographs; Kirkpatrick immediately knows which to couple. “But other times,” says the artist, “I need to live with the pieces for a while for the marriage to happen.”
“I sit at my table and work my puzzle, combining image with object,” says Kirkpatrick. “My studio is filled with objects of inspiration.”
|Heidi Kirkpatrick, Hinds', Never Closed, 2009|
|Heidi Kirkpatrick, Branch, 2011|
Story by Panopticon Gallery intern Marianne Salza.