Victoria Mara Heilweil

  Two Time Art Party Participant
Sisyphus 15


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Artist’s Statement

My photographic art practice transforms images of the mundane into the sublime. The ordinary is invisible; we see it and pass it by. I make visible that which we take for granted. Inspired by Wabi Sabi, a philosophy and aesthetic that comes from Japanese Buddhism, I utilize marks as individual narratives. Vestiges are intimate and revealing, unique and historical. My images capture the beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete; of things modest and humble.


“Sisyphus” is an archive of the every day. Simultaneously alluring and abject, hidden gems are revealed in the mess. The series is a challenge that I gave to myself to make seductive photographs from an unlikely and visceral source. I am aesthetically inspired by modernist photographers and formal compositions, but conceptually inspired by feminist artists such as Mierle Laderman Ukeles whose work explored ideas of labor. I seek the tension between the grotesque and the beautiful, between the subject and the treatment.


About the Artist

Victoria Mara Heilweil is a nationally exhibited photographic artist, curator and educator. She received her Masters of Fine Arts from California College of the Arts in 1995. Her work has been included in exhibitions at the de Young Museum, San Jose Institute for Contemporary Art, Intersection for the Arts, Southern Exposure, California Academy of Sciences, Art Works Downtown, PHOTO Fine Art and Rayko Photo Gallery in the Bay Area, wall space gallery and Robert V. Fullerton Art Museum in Southern California, University Art Gallery at California State Chico, Minneapolis Photo Center, Visual Arts Center in Portsmouth, VA and Washington Square Art Galleries in New York City. She has also created public and community based art works in conjunction with the ZERO1 Biennial in San Jose, and the Bayview Opera House in San Francisco. In 2014 Victoria was awarded a grant from the Puffin Foundation.


About the Artist

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