Self Portraits and Disasters, Artist Interview Julie Heffernan

The Sky is Falling, Julie Heffernan's show at PPOW just closed this weekend. Jonathan Beer and Lily Koto Olive  interviewed Heffernan for art-rated.

When asked if the new work, which focuses on a wide range of natural disasters still function as self-portraiture Heffernan responded
Yes, the figures (and everything else in the paintings for that matter) continue to make sense to me only when I think of them in the context of self-portraiture.  Something about calling them that gives me permission to open up my brain and see what falls out of it, onto the canvas, and really own what comes out, believe in that world and invest in it.

Self Portrait as After Party 2013, oil on canvas, 74 x 68 inches

Self Portrait on the Brink 2013, oil on canvas, 54 x 66 inches
Installation View

Self Portrait as Gulf Clean-up Plan 2012-13, oil on canvas, 66 x 68 inches



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