|Address ||10205 Greenbrier Rd #305|
Minnetonka, MN 55305
|Studio Phone ||(651)245-6475|
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Heather Novak-Peterson started her creative curiosity for alternative views in the vast open spaces of North Dakota where she was born and raised. Her love for lines and planes was inherited from a family full of architects endlessly drawing details on paper placemats at every restaurant they dined at.
She studied studio arts, photography, and art theory and history at Moorhead State University in Moorhead, MN earning a BA, and College of Visual Arts in St. Paul, earning a BFA in communication arts. She has worked as a commissioned photographer over the past eight years, and exhibited as a fine artist in photography, painting, sculpture, papermaking and book arts.
Her work comes from a fascination for finding views that others may miss. I love to use this view as a tool to create a world that is inspired by my observation of found lines and planes. I have a deep love for abstract paintings, and I am always trying to challenge the notion of the predictable and expected. Its when I am looking through my lens, that I feel I am truly painting with the reality that tricks the eye with a juxtaposition of color and space. I never manipulate or enhance my images. All of my photographs are straight from the negative. She works with photography, natural fibers and paper making to create sculpture and imagery, which are inspired from the line observations and connections she makes between nature and created design.
"My sculptural work is greatly inspired from my love for abstract art and botanicals, fused with traditional weaving and basket making techniques. I really enjoy working with natural materials and I feel that it makes an important connection between what the piece represents as well as where it is from. I associate dogwood with my deep fondness for Minnesota and all its beautiful back roads and lakes. The golden tones of willow always make me think of the Red River Valley where I am from and the long, swaying branches that would move in the wind."
The pieces are all woven with fiber that can only be picked after the first frost of the year through the winter months in order to preserve their colors. All pieces are all harvested by hand. There is no glues or ties to keep the structures together other than the tension in the weave. They are woven while they are still thawing and fresh so they can stay flexible. After a week, the piece sets, which means it dries into place. I do not use any kind of preserves, stains or sprays. They are often known to give off a subtle spicy fragrance that comes from their natural properties.
LOOK Galleries Nov - Jan 2004
Minnesota Center for Photography, Minneapolis, Mn Nov 1 - Dec 1, 2003
Art for Sale, Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis, MN April 9 - 12, 2003
Redefining Nature, The Clown Lounge, St. Paul, MN Feb. 28 - April 6, 2003
Flatlander Madness, The Psychology of Landscape, Atomic Coffee, Moorhead, MN July 5 - Aug. 2, 2000
The Memory Theater Project, St. Paul Orpheum, St. Paul, MN May 12 - 20, 2000
Thesis Exhibit, College of Visual Arts Gallery, St. Paul, MN May 2 - May 25, 2000
Colorphorm, Birchwood Café, Minneapolis, MN, May 2 - June 30, 2000
Sweet!, College of Visual Arts Gallery, St. Paul, MN, Feb. 20 - March 19. 2000
Foot in the Door, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN, Jan. 2 - April 5, 2000
Mayor's Design Conference, The Armory, St. Paul, MN October, 1999
St. Paul Art Crawl, Lowertown St. Paul, MN, Oct 12 - 14, 1999
Seven Deadly Sins, College of Visual Arts Gallery, St. Paul, MN, Oct. 20 - Nov. 23, 1999
Artists on the Plains, Plains Art Museum, Fargo, ND, Aug. 26, 1999 - Nov 24, 1999
Dain Rascher Investments, Wayzata, MN
CIMA Labs, Brooklyn Park, MN
Shultz Torgerson Architects, Fargo, ND
Regina Hospital, Hastings, MN
Public Art St. Paul, St. Paul, MN
Heather Novak-Peterson is currently displaying artwork in the following categories...
|Types : ||Photography, Relief Sculpture, Sculpture|
|Styles : ||Abstract Botanical, Nature Photography, Photography|
|Medias : ||Acrylic on Dogwood, Acrylic on Paper, Acrylic on Photograph, Acrylic on Willow & Dogwood, Acrylic on Willow|
|Subjects : ||Abstract, Animals-Wildlife, Architecture, Floral, Harbor scene, Nature, Trees|
|Page Last Updated|
Jun 08, 2004