Heather Marie Scholl

Her Story

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Heather Marie Scholl

As an artist, I spend a lot of time thinking about how we’re born into fantasies of the way life should be and the ways that comes crashing down around us. For me, this often means issues of gender and sexuality. However I often touch on many different mythological social constructs, including race and class. Whether it’s looking at my personal experiences and the traumas I went through, or looking at the larger picture of the historic and modern systems of power. Exploring these issues makes me feel connected to both the past and the future. My current whitework project personalizes the visual discussion on race by bringing in my mothers family history in the deep south, with my desire to heal both familial and societal wounds around race.

 


I continually come back to clothing and hand work based mediums; embroidery, knitting, beading, sewing, and other wearable items.  However I remain open to all mediums. Being trained as a fashion designer nurtured my love of exquisitely finished well crafted luxury items.  This love gets fed back into all the work I create no matter what medium I venture to.  I aim to create a broad spectrum of lifestyle items that establish a new more thoughtful visual language in our everyday lives.   Armed with strong ideas, it's important for me to always be flexible with the ways I express them.

My goal is to create work that affects your head and your heart.


 
Fairy tales do not tell children that dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed.
— G.K. Chesterton