Heather Hansen Translates Dance Moves Into Charcoal Drawings
Bending in fluid motions with a piece of charcoal in her hands, Heather Hansen, a contemporary performance artist and dancer in New Orleans, becomes one with the big paper canvas.
She twists with such grace and genuineness, that she creates beautifully rough symmetrical shapes and patterns. She’s literally transposing her moves onto the paper. Part dance and part performance art, the kinetic drawings are a way for Hansen to merge her love for visual art and dance into a unified artform.
Watching her in the middle of her art creation is mesmerizing. Without knowing it, lines emerge from her many natural, physical gestures. Then, she repeats her movements and smears the lines together into the final, unpredictable works. When she lifts her body off, a whole masterpiece is being revealed.
As an inspiration behind her work, Heather Hansen quotes Joseph Campbell: “The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe. To match your nature with Nature.” When she does her magic, she really feels like she’s matching her heartbeat to the beat of the universe. She is absorbed by the music when she moves and paints at the same time.
Currently, Hansen’s work is being shown in a group exhibition, The Value of a Line, at The Ochi Gallery in Ketchum, Idaho, up until March 31, 2014.
She has also created a video called “Emptied Gestures” that features studio recordings of her graceful and dramatic work for those that cannot see it live. Get ready to be hypnotized.
source: Heather Hansen website.