Life and how we as Human beings interact with it and respond to it has always fascinated me. Through my own representational language, be it obvious or obscure, I wish to engage the psyche. By employing that which may be real or imagined, I am suggesting a believable structure, yet one not necessarily rational.
Increasingly my practice employs temporal and narrative explorations of self/identity. Continually exploring new materials and tools alongside my metal-smithing, glass and coding background. Narrative allows me to show imagined futures, reconstructed or mediated pasts that conjecture the implications technology, science and politics have on self/identity, our shared environment through a multi-disciplinary approach, often combining tactile, sculptural forms, and audio.
Creating immersive environments, unnatural History Dioramas, and performative, wearable structures. My one of a kind ‘jewelry’ often serve as maquettes and experiments towards larger sculptural work.
If we can say that the world of science is synonymous with truth and the world of art with that of fiction, I want to tread a middle ground that is unusual and seemingly beyond belief, yet also familiar.
Working with metals, computer coding and animation since the mid-eighties, my initial training as a silver/goldsmith started through apprenticeships with designers, metal-smiths, master goldsmiths and production jeweller’s, while my graphic design and coding foundation formed in art school.
Before relocating to Toronto in 2001 I lived and worked in Taos, New Mexico. During my time in New Mexico, I founded the arts magazine, CORE and two galleries: The Shaman of Star Meadow (selling musical instruments towards trance, as well as my paintings) and METAL gallery at the Historic Taos Inn.
In 2002 I was a founding member of *new* Gallery out of the Historic Distillery District, and Tank: Fire & metal studio before opening Nanopod: Hybrid Studio in the Little Italy district of Toronto, in 2005.
I was introduced to glass as an artistic medium in 2004. Through developing bodies of work incorporating metal, glass and electronics I’ve been awarded scholarships at The Corning Museum of Glass, Pilchuck Glass School and The Penland school of Crafts. My work has been featured at SOFA New York, Culture Canada, Metalsmith Magazine, The Toronto Design Exchange, and the Memphis Metal Museum. More recently I’ve been awarded residencies at Gullkistan Centre for Creative People Iceland, Nes artist residency Iceland, The Ayatana SciArt Research Program in Ottawa and a Sím artist residency with the Icelandic Artist Union. I am a member of the Bio.Chrome collective.
Personal website: http://www.toscateran.com
Instagram/Twitter: @MothAntler @nanopodstudio
Heather Gentleman’s work is narrative in nature, finding inspiration in literature, anthropology, mythology, and symbolism. She approaches her work primarily through painting and sculpture but also works in drawing, video, writing, interactive installation, audio and performance. Imbued with psychological undertones and observation of contemporary culture in a historical context, she explores how ideas, themes and social mores recur and are paralleled from one time period to another and how our understanding of the past is shaped by our own contemporary viewpoint.
Heather Gentleman lives and works in Toronto, Canada and London, England. Her education includes a Masters of Fine Arts from Chelsea College of Arts in London, UK, an Honours BA in Fine Arts at the University of Guelph as well as studying at the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) and the University of London, UK. Her work has won several international arts awards and has been featured in several books, magazines, design annuals and media, in local, national and international media. It is also found in private and corporate collections in Canada, U.S., Asia, France and Great Britain. In addition to solo exhibits, she regularly participates in group shows. Heather ran her own gallery/studio school in the Historic Distillery District for 14 years as well as acting as an active board member and selection committee chair for 10 years of the artist-run collective Propeller Gallery in the Queen Street West Gallery District.