|Experienced With||Commissions, Teaching engagements, Lectures, Leading workshops|
“As often as not, we are homesick most for the places we have never known” ~Carson McCullers
I am intrigued by the way we as individuals perceive the world, and in the subtle differences between reality and our personal perceptions of that reality. We each experience the world through our own lens which is colored by our own experiences and personalities. Our minds act as a filter where some information is lost and some false informations is added through things such as bias, pre-conceived notions or mental illness. This body of work examines the idea of nostalgia and how it colors our perception of the present. Memories of “a simpler time” often omit the less ideal aspects of the past and ignore progress that has been made, affecting our view of the present, both on a personal and national level. Nostalgia creates in our minds places that never truly existed. These are paintings of those nonexistent places, incomplete worlds interrupted by the very brushstrokes that have created them.
-Annie Heisey, January 2017
Heisey received her BFA from Penn State University in 2003 and earned her MFA from Boston University in 2007. Her work has won multiple awards and been exhibited at galleries and institutions across the country including the Boston Center for the Arts, the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, and most recently at Boxheart Gallery in Bloomfield. She spent the past 8 years painting and teaching at various colleges in Portland, OR, and is happy to be back home in her native Pittsburgh.