BECon 2017: Artist Story – Heidi Schwegler L145

During her undergraduate and graduate years, Heidi Schwegler practiced working with metals. But as she shares here, that time taught her metals were not always the best medium for expressing her ideas. This realization led her to develop an artistic practice focused on casting found objects in diverse materials. Her choice of materials aimed to invert the familiar meanings of the found objects and render them freshly strange.

From assailing a prized housefly, to rummaging a pillow from an Aspen dump yard, to fitting a silicone doll with hyper-real castings of her own face and hands and teeth, Schwegler sketches the background work that led to her current fascination with glass. She then offers an overview of her rich and challenging residency with Bullseye Glass. It was a time that helped spark the guiding belief that a failed piece can be “the one true one of a kind.”

For more on Heidi Schwegler, read about her new endeavor with the Yucca Valley Material Lab or visit her website.

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