Absence and Presence: The Visual Work of Heather Graham

Heather Graham.2606Toronto based visual artist, Heather Graham began her career as still life painter, using fruit and life drawings as her subjects. Her work has since evolved into large-scale portraits painted using the technique of applying paint,and then removing it partly. Large household paintbrushes are used to eliminate fine surface details, creating a transient and ambiguous effect. These techniques diffuse the focus of the painting and, as a result, the subject can be viewed as lost in a grey visual stillness, or emerging from it. Taking a closer look at her work, her canvas dissolves into abstraction—from presence to absence—in order to implicate the viewer. Graham encourages the viewer to fill in the context of the abstraction. Graham is interested in investigating the temporality of human condition. Take a look!

Graham’s paintings have been exhibited in galleries across Canada and internationally, and she is currently represented by Newzones Gallery in Calgary, Alberta. Graham’s current project, a million miles from shore, continues her interest in the themes of absence and presence, and explores the notion of leaving Pompeii by sea.

You can learn more about Graham and her work at the following links:

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