October 4th, 2022
SAINT PETER, MINN. – Gender, violence, and our bodily experience of the world are the focus of two mixed media series by Vermillion, South Dakota-based artist
, on display at the Arts Center of Saint Peter September 30-October 29, 2022.
Because is a series of altered and sewn collagraph prints on paper, created between 2017-2019. The paper is heavily embossed, with textures and colors that are in some cases harmonious, in others, discordant. Forms are sewn into the picture plane with a visible and decorative stitch. Fields of texture envelop both foreground and background, resulting in a flattening of space. The series also includes life-sized human forms – hands, arms, legs, torsos, heads. The titles of each work are inspired by Rebecca Solnit’s essay, “Men Explain Things to Me.”
Also on display are selected works from On Her Temple’s Ruins, a sculptural installation combining altered furniture sculpture, cast paper figurative works, and fibers. Loosely referencing mythological stories, historical feminine figures, the domestic sphere, and the landscape, this exhibition honors lost potential due to violence against the feminine.
The public is invited to attend a closing reception on Saturday, October 29, 3:00-5:00 p.m., with brief remarks by Heggestad at 3:30 p.m.
This activity is made possible through grants the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council and the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.