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Ellen Heck
North Carolina

Artist Statement Submitted 2019

My work is a study of identity—its creation, variability, persistence, and change. In these paintings from 2019, I re-examine Bouguereau’s La Cruche Cassée, a 19th century French portrait of a girl leaning against a well with a broken pitcher at her feet. Within this context, I am interested in rendering and placing new forms in a believable world. Highlighting the vessel-like qualities of the Klein bottle, a topological cousin of the Möbius strip, I often replace the broken pitcher with abstract forms. In the language of math, a Klein bottle is a “non-orientable surface with no boundary.” If that isn’t something worth exploring, I don’t know what is.

www.ellenheck.com

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