Heather Leier’s solo exhibition Coping and Care brings together several print-based works collectively employing both coping and intervention strategies to mitigate gendered and environmental violence. Notably, the coping mechanism of “looking down” is prominent within Leier’s artistic production: otherwise unnoticed discarded materials such as a broken flower pot are incorporated into her artworks, which are themselves displayed on the gallery floor as an embodied positionality of coping.
The exhibition will open on November 9th, and run through December 11th, 2021, with an opening reception on the 9th at 7:30pm -- the artist will be present. Leier will be facilitating an in-person rice pasting workshop onsite at Union Gallery on November 6th from 2-3:30pm. Interested participants are encouraged to contact Union Gallery to register.
Heather Leier is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Calgary in Treaty 7 region in southern Alberta, Canada. Through her art practice, she employs research-creation approaches to examine embodied trauma and problematize shared assumptions of socially constructed life-phases and identities. Leier has exhibited her work widely both nationally and internationally including exhibitions in Spain, China, USA, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Russia, Japan, Poland, Egypt, Mexico, and Taiwan.
RICE PASTING WITH HEATHER LEIER
In-person Workshop: November 6, 2–3:30pm
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Through this free workshop Heather will demonstrate how she temporarily adheres Japanese papers onto non-porous surfaces using sticking paste and water. Through this method you can transform works on paper such as prints, into seamless installations within galleries and public spaces.