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Heather Gordon
North Carolina

Artist Statement Submitted 2017

Heather Gordon maps the stories of people's lives using numbers and geometry. Focusing on the design of origami folding patterns from small data sets, she coaxes narrative from personal information including geographic locations, numbered ticket stubs, parking place numbers, dates, and time durations. Through her collaborative work with choreographer, Justin Tornow, and COMPANY dancers, she has extended her work from the initial drawings and paintings to include site-specific installations and choreography using rule-based choice and pathways derived from the origami maps. Her current project, "32 Algorithms for Intimacy" is a manuscript collecting drawn maps as scores to be deciphered by Tornow into a group of dances based on natural processes such as reflection and refraction, as relates to human emotional interactions, self-knowledge, and surveillance.

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