Hutchison, a Saugerties resident and a 2011 recipient of the esteemed Gottlieb Foundation's Individual Support Grant, has called the Hudson Valley home for ten years. Her newest series, "Bends," employ enamel on acrylic and are formed by heating and hand molding clear sheets of Plexiglas; changes and fluctuations in light, transparency and shadows are recurring themes in Hutchison's work.
Hutchison was born in 1964 in Philomath, Oregon and raised between Oregon and just north of the Mexican border in Southeastern Arizona. In addition to many solo exhibitions in Manhattan and Los Angeles, Heather's work has been exhibited in The Corcoran Biennial in Washington, D.C., at The Brooklyn Museum, The Otis College of Art and Design, in Los Angeles, The Knoxville Museum of Art, and The Montclair Art Museum, in Montclair, NJ. Select public collections housing her work include The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY, The Smithsonian, Washington, D.C., Art in Embassies, Beijing, China, and The Gerald Schwartz Collection at Harvard University, Boston, MA.
"In my pieces, that are as much light sculpture as painting, the viewer is presented with the opportunity to directly experience the scientific truism that 'the only constant is change," explains Hutchison. "Natural light is as essential to me as any other material I employ. It literally animates my work with its ever-changing nature."