In the fall of 1996 I found myself in Florence, Italy during the opening days of the inaugural Fashion Biennale. As if by the acumen of a supreme matchmaker, a series of contemporary artists and fashion designers had been coupled with historical sites throughout the city. The signature red dresses of Valentino lined the processional hall of the Academia up to Michelangelo's David. Gianfranco Ferre had floated a series of diaphanous vermillion crinolines inside the dark marmoreal dome of San Lorenzo's Medici Sacristy. As with so many other like-minded experiences that I had while living in Italy, these encounters allowed me to inherit a fine disregard, and at times, an utter dissolution of art and architecture. Much of my work over the intervening years is the result of a working methodology freed from the commission-based tendency of professional architectural practice. As an artist committed to architectural aberrations, this work aims to tease out questions at the border crossings of creative disciplines, to agitate the limits of the possible through the enlistment of the impossible, and to wrestle with the facts of contemporary transmutation from the representational to the embodied. This series aims to reinvest in the drawing as study; a proleptic event which traffics in the anticipation of something about to be.
Artist Bio / CV
Born 1976. Rochester, NY
Lives and Works in Los Angeles, CA
Heather Scott Peterson was born into a family of artists and makers. One of her maternal great-grandfathers was a syndicated cartoonist and an animator of early Walt Disney films. The other owned a violin shop in turn of the century New York. In 1979 her uncle, a minor American artist living in New York, took her to Walter de Maria's recently opened Earth Room, which set off life long palpitations between art and architecture. Having finally realized that she was decidedly a hyphenate, she has worked at the feral edges of both disciplines for over a decade. She graduated from RISD in 1998 with a BFA in painting. While there she spent three years poaching creative writing classes at Brown University, and spent a year in Rome on RISD's European Honors Program. In 2001 she moved to Los Angeles, to begin her Masters degree in Architecture from SCI-Arc which she completed in early 2005. She has won several writing fellowships and awards. She is currently teaching in several art, architecture, and design programs in Southern California. She is currently working on an imaginative reconstruction of Goya's Quinta del Sordo, an agora made of quarried salt, a porcelain cabin, a braille ceiling, a series of contemporary altarpieces, a surface reconstruction of Oscar Wilde's gravestone, and several books.
SELECT EXHIBITIONS 2011 2D3D WUHO Gallery LA CA 2010 2D3D WUHO Gallery LA CA 2007 Architects as Artists Arts Alive SB CA 2005 Architecture of the Rendezvous Kappe Library LA CA 2004 Fair Complexion (w/ Uta Barth) SCI-Arc LA CA: Poor Man's Crystal (w/ Jim Isermann) SCI-Arc LA CA: Ultraviolet (w/ Jennifer Steinkamp) SCI-Arc LA CA 2000 Surface Critique Gallery Agniel PVD RI 1999 Works on Paper Gallery Agniel PVD RI 1998 The Sectioned Atmosphere Woods Gerry Gallery PVD RI 1997 Mostra di Lavoro Nuovo Palazzo Cenci Rome Italy