Heather Gorham exhibits her work around the country and is represented by Craighead Green Gallery in Dallas, TX; On Center Gallery in Provincetown, RI; and Volakis Gallery in Napa Valley, CA. Her work has been featured in several books and publications, most recently 3D Technology in Fine Art and Craft by Bridgette Mongeon and Contemporary Art of the Southwest, Schiffer Press. She lives and works in Dallas with her husband and two hairy dogs.
Originally from Washington, DC, and raised in Dallas, Heather Gorham has been a working artist for the past twenty-five years. She is both a painter and sculptor working in traditional media, such as acrylic, bronze, and wood, with a more recent focus on digital sculptural technology and 3D printing to add to her bag of tricks. Gorham’s work could be described as a tangible interpretation of the everyday with a focus on figurative art often using animal imagery. It’s like a dreamy window into common experiences…with a twist.
“I’ve always made things. As a kid I would spend hours digging in the ground making an army of bizarre, little clay and stick figures. Three-legged dogs and winged monkeys, my creations were always a little sad, a little misshapen. My own troop of funny misfits set in the sun to dry. I came to understand making things as a way to create my own world, they were my inner workings made outward.
“I love going back and forth between painting and sculpture, choosing the medium most adept at furthering and giving form to an idea, using different artistic muscles with each new piece; having the ability to use all that is available from some of the oldest mediums like wood or bronze to the newest in the form of digital sculpting and 3D printing. I see my art as a response to personal and shared human experiences. Sometimes the original experience or story is recognizable in my work, sometimes not. I want each piece to take on a life of its own, like a guided daydream, the suggestion of a story left in the mind of the viewer to finish telling.”
Read our exclusive WTP interview with Heather Gorham