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Danced into Reality: Heather Hansen Creates Art Using Her Body and Charcoal

Friday 01.17.2014 , Posted by
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Part dance, part performance art, Heather Hansen creates stunning art using her body, charcoal and a paper surface on the floor. Her work showcases the fluid motions of the body and the symmetrical forms that it creates as she twists and bends over the sheet. The results are wonderfully curving arcs which, like the emotive motions of dance, have just the right balance of passionate imperfection.

Hansen’s live performances happen in front of crowds that surrounding her white canvas as she gracefully moves, captivated by each spontaneous creation and her body as it becomes increasingly covered with rich black charcoal. Her lines are human, both sharp and blunt, created as she sweeps different parts of her frame to reveal the final large scale piece.

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Hansen’s current exhibition The Value of a Line is on display at Ochi Gallery in Ketchum, Idaho, through March 31, 2014. You can see more of her work and upcoming shows at heatherhansen.net.

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via My Modern Met

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