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Artwork by Heidi Whitman
Babel
Ink, gouache, acrylic, paper, canvas, string, cinefoil, and cast shadows, 102" x 24" x 4", 2017
Artwork by Heidi Whitman
Maelstrom
Ink, gouache, acrylic, paper, canvas, string, cinefoil, and cast shadows, 77" x 45" x 2", 2017
Artwork by Heidi Whitman
Mappamundi (5)
Ink, gouache, acrylic, paper, and cast shadows, 30" x 30" x 2", 2018
Artwork by Heidi Whitman
Ozymandias
Ink, gouache, acrylic, paper, canvas, gauze, and string on fiberboard, 46" x 36" x 2", 2017
Artwork by Heidi Whitman
Mental Map (36)
Ink and gouache on paper, 16" x 24", 2016
Artwork by Heidi Whitman
Mental Map (35)
Ink and gouache on paper, 16" x 24", 2016
Artwork by Heidi Whitman
Then and Now
Ink, gouache, acrylic, paper and cast shadows, 2012
Artwork by Heidi Whitman
Taking an Alternate Route
Ink, gouache, acrylic, paper and cast shadows, 2012
Biography

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).

Artist statement

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.