Heidi Taillefer - Land of the Blind
WHERE: Copro Gallery - Bergamot Station Arts Complex
2525 Michigan Ave , Unit T5, Santa Monica , CA 90404
WHAT: Heidi Taillifer - Land of the Blind
WHEN: Exhibit runs; March 23 – April 13, 2013
Opening Reception: Saturday March 23, 2013 - 8:00 – 11:30 p.m.
Contact: Gary Pressman, Gallery Director Copro Gallery
Heidi Taillefer's "The Land of the Blind" is an exhibition of new and unique sculptural works centered around the theme of Eros and original oil paintings featuring Heidi's signature brand reflecting Mankind's ongoing hybridization with technology.
The porcelain like vintage and manga fusion styled dolls, ready to pierce your heart, are named "True Loves". Each doll is individually hand cast from a single design model. They are made out of hydrocal, a plaster and silica crystal compound poured into silicone moulds based on the original master design, hand sculpted out of clay. Each individual part is painted, assembled, eyelashed and adorned with either Swaravski crystals or Christian Dior silks and fabrics. Handmade costuming and decorative flourishes are used to create a specific representation of Eros and are fitted with wings and pinned to boards like naturalist specimens and given a latin name. Finally they are hermetically preserved under protective domes.
Heidi's original oil paintings are a creative fusion of classical figurative painting, surrealism, contemporary realism and mythology combined with popular figurative traditions ranging from Victorian romanticism to science fiction. Painting subjects comprised of seemingly incongruous objects characterized as symbolic they form a complex composite of various elements and add a contemporary spin to often classical icons.
Heidi Taillefer was born in Montreal, Quebec, to a family rich in creative talent. She began drawing before the age of three and followed ten years of private art instruction until the age of eighteen. She pursued Humanistic studies at McGill University, which provided a foundation for much of the cultural and philosophical referencing in her art. She later worked as a commercial illustrator in parallel with her fine art production. Her most notable commercial projects being with the Cirque du Soleil, Richard Mille luxury watches, and Infiniti car company in Canada and Taiwan. Heidi last exhibited at Copro Gallery with the musical group "Coheed and Cambria" displaying her two album cover designs, for "The Afterman: Ascension and
Descension". Her fine art work is characterized by a hybridization of mechanical and organic elements within a setting, reflecting the ubiquity of technology throughout the world today. She often gives a spin to classical icons bringing them into a more contemporary context, and her work is reminiscent of some of the early twentieth surrealists such as Max Ernst, Giorgio de Chirico, and Paul Delvaux.