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Lived/Active: Oregon/Illinois / Canada      Known for: Figural, Sculpture, Animal

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Heidi Preuss Grew
The Enthusiast
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Biography from Brumfield LLC:
Grew’s ceramic sculptures fuse aspects of human and animal interaction to create works that have a specific meaning and psychological impact. The pieces allow the viewer more freedom in their interpretations, as the pieces straddle real and fictional worlds.

Grew is quite well traveled, a factor that plays heavily into her sculptures. From the temples of Tokyo to the streets of New Orleans, her travels amongst distinct cultures has played a huge role in her artwork. In ‘The Ritual’ we see two figures acting out an unspoken relationship, influenced by the deeply regulated yet spiritual culture of Japan. Another piece, ‘The Enthusiast,’ found its origin in the uninhibited and family-based environment Grew encountered on her trip to Mardi Gras.

Biography from Brumfield LLC:
Heidi Preuss Grew - ARTIST STATEMENT
What I encounter in a given day provides potential inspiration for my work: fleeting moments of conversation, a given hand gesture used by a close friend, a proverb, a character in a novel, or a unique detail in a painting. I desire to capture, transform, and then share these observations. I usually respond sympathetically to a given moment while on rare occasion I desire to return an eye for an eye. The result consists largely of sketches, drawings, and figurative ceramic sculptures that are loose portraits of friends, community members, legendary people in history, or fictional characters inspired by literature and art.
I seek to reveal the vulnerable and pathetic side of the human condition as well as the heroic and beautiful. My studio practice involves serious and playful endeavors as I meld animal and human features together to develop specific meaning, symbolism, and psychological impact. This combination allows greater freedom in the creative process as it straddles real and fictional worlds. Most of my work is sourced completely from my imagination, yet at times I need to blatantly return to the human figure.
Creating my work is a very personal and intuitive process, but I can say specific materials consciously chosen do impact the outcome of a final work. For example, porcelain’s delicacy and sensual responsiveness facilitates the feminine ideal, the slick maneuverings of a crafty villain, or subtle gestures between divine figure groupings. On the other hand, rough stoneware results in more immediate and gritty surfaces ideal for characters that display a bohemian lifestyle or deep-set fatigue from unrelenting domestic labor. Beyond a title and comments at an exhibition opening, I tend to withhold the deeper intention behind most work and enjoy—rather self-indulgently—the speculative comments from viewers.

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