New Orleans, Louisiana
Sally Heller is a multi-material based artist who creates recognizable yet improbable landscapes constructed from cultural detritus. A modern-day bricoleur, savvy cultural hacker and urban archaeologist, Heller assembles a litany of mundane materials and cultural castoffs into recognizable yet improbable environments that cleverly fuse macro and micro, architectural and organic, artifice and nature. Her work has been exhibited at the Lawndale Art Center, Houston; the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans; Depauw University, Indianna; Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta; Montserrat College of Art, Massachusetts; Miami University, Oxford, Ohio; Ohio State University, Athens, Ohio; Kemper Fine Art, New York City; Louisiana Museum of Science and Art, Baton Rouge; Moore College of Art, Pennsylvania; and Scope, Miami. Recently she had a solo show at Memphis University Art Gallery and at Tulane University, working with art students at both universities.
Joan Mitchell Center Residency, 2021
My latest body of work involves the use of conveyor belts that I transform by painting and reconfiguring their various components. The end results, like tapestries, have an almost woven effect. I often think of bright, acidic color when I paint these plastic surfaces due to their strong artificial quality; it is my interest to heighten the mass manufactured characteristics of these materials and ultimately spin them into something artistic and beautiful”