Heidi Whitman's paintings, drawings, and paper constructions are both imagined terrains and mental maps. Maps of ancient ruins and contemporary city grids are primary references in her work.
Her recent exhibitions include: Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City; Scope Miami; The Christopher Henry Gallery, New York; Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY; the Southeastern Louisiana Contemporary Art Gallery; Harvard College; Wheaton College; Clark University; Simmons College; and the McMullen Museum of Art. Her work is in many public and private collections. Whitman has recently completed a public commission for the City of Cambridge. She holds a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and a Diploma from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Whitman received a Clarissa Bartlett Traveling Scholarship for Alumni and a Faculty Enrichment Grant from the SMFA. She maintains a studio in Boston's South End, and her work can be seen at the Christopher Henry Gallery in New York and the Boston Drawing Project (Carroll and Sons).
The structure of the city and the structure of the mind are conflated in my drawings, constructions, and sculptures. I'm interested in states of mind, how experience is translated into thought, how memories are layered, and how dreams jumble reality. Contemporary city grids and plans of ancient ruins are layered and edited along with references to mental networks. Shadows are an essential part of the work, adding another layer of meaning to the mental terrain. Shadows evoke absence, presence, and the transitory quality of consciousness.