Born in 1980, Dallas, TX, US
Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA US
M.F.A., Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA, US
B.F.A., University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, US
Heather Cook’s work investigates the process of how an image is socially, culturally, and materially constructed. She often does this through the context of painting by using its framing devices and materiality to create an image. Many of her works expand upon the traditional canvas support by either using found fabric or weaving her own canvases.
Her work tends to playfully shift from material/image, interior/exterior, 3D/2D, positive/negative and surface/support.
Thematically, shadows have always played a role in Cook’s work. The shadow is an indexical projection of a physical body into space, a two-dimensional image of a three-dimensional object. She leads us to moments where the material and immaterial blur together. In Cook’s practice, materials are imbued with a sense of duration, an index of their evolutions within the context of the practice as a whole.