Heather Marie Scholl


i-D                                                        July 2018

"Scholl's mission as an artist is to use personal investigating, accountability, and vulnerability as tools for change, and by modeling these concepts in her work, she hopes to open up space for others to do so as well, especially white women [...] So what are spectators of Scholl's art to do with these big feelings stirred up by her work? She's thought of an answer for that, too. In conversation with Reflections, Scholl is staging her workshop Confront White Womanhood"

Real Change                                      July 2018

"Scholl began with personal accountability, which includes understanding microaggressions and making amends before someone else calls her out on it. Her art is a personal expression of her own journey and acknowledges how she’s fallen into the trap of White supremacy."

Cosmopolitan                                     October 2017

Inside the Most Popular Panel at the Women's Convention "The panel was held on Friday as planned, but interest was so high that only a fraction of the (mostly white) women waiting in line were able to get in. Almost immediately after Friday's session ended, the panel organizers planned a repeat of "Confronting White Womanhood" for Saturday afternoon. The line outside of Saturday's panel was again so long that women behind me in line joked that every white woman at the convention must be in it...Scholl co-conceptualized "Confronting White Womanhood" with Ellman-Golan over the past year

i-D                                             October 2016

"More recently Heather Marie Scholl has examined the interplay of female history, race and white supremacy in her delicate series Whitework, and her own experiences of gender in an ongoing project of self portraits. "

Sleepover Club Initiative      August 2016

"Despite the rather quaint embroidered composition of the piece, Scholl complicates the viewer’s position by leaving open questions such as whether the red beads are truly symbolic of blood, what power dynamics are at play and the motivation and emotions of her embroidered self. In much the same way as the artworks discussed previously, it is the questions of ambiguity (How many of the people in Emin’s tent did she actually have sex with? Who are the women in Amer’s embroidered canvasses really performing for?) that foreground the bodily expression and corporeal physically bound up in producing textile-based work that traverses the line between art and craft. "

Irenebrination                        February 2016

"Among the other designers featured in the event there is also Heather Marie Scholl, a brave artist who is not afraid of tackling themes such as feminism, domestic violence and sexual abuses in her art. Scholl introduces us in this post to the exhibition and to her new work. Looks like the needle is a great humble tool ideal to break conventions and traditions and tackle in a radical way complex issues from our troubled times."

BUST                                       December 2015

"Comedy & Tragedy will definitely give you the laugh-cry you seek. Hosted by The Experiment Comedy Gallery, seven artists submitted pieces addressing what tragedy means to them and what it feels like. Then, seven comics took those submissions and re-titled them, creating a dynamic push-pull of sadness and humor."

Refinery29                               August 2015

"From stunning portraits that examine the relationship of Black and brown bodies with nature to embroideries that are much more graphic than they at first appear, the 20 images from the art show that follow answer, "what does intimacy look like to you?"

The Museum of Sex               February 2015

"Artist, activist, and cultural catalyst, Heather Marie Scholl is from the future (...) She combines her fields of study to create thought-provoking exquisite pieces, while simultaneously making political and social statements."

 The Huffington Post              November 2014

"Channeling the great Tammy Wynette ("Stand By Your Man"), Scholl contemplates how gender affects these relationships through fabric and embroidery."

Brooklyn Magazine                 November 2014

"Scholl, who was trained in fashion design, uses beading and embroidery work prominently in her pieces, the delicate thread filigrees that have long been associated with femininity."

Irenebrination                        November 2014

"We all employ fashion to express our personality and personal narratives, but Scholl has found a way to use the fashion medium to look at several issues - body, women, feminism, identity, and sexuality - in a striking way that elicits the response of the viewer and sparks the debate about such topics."

Greenpointers                       July 2014

"Sometimes It’s Hard to be a Woman is fashion art installation project with a focus on creating personal narrative threads within the scope of the body, women, feminism, identity, and sexuality. Elements that have insightful effects and experience on women.

Irenebrination                    June 2014

"It takes courage to tackle themes such as sexuality, violence and abuse in fashion, but American fashion designer Heather Marie Scholl has been doing that since she was still a student at San Francisco's Academy of Art University."

Modern Glossy                   February 2013

"Heather Marie Scholl explored the nature of gender, race and sexuality and the role it plays in fashion which, for all its political points, makes for interesting design. How can a designer visually express a conceptual idea, one that is at dual odds with itself (pain & glamour)? We see a collection that is bright and clever with a look that seems to borrow from the 80′s, the kind of hard cheerfulness that can mark a decade. The collection works to make the viewer ask questions and seek answers which reminds us that fashion is indeed art."