photographic artist, curator & educator Victoria Mara Heilweil
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As an artist, I seek the tension between the alluring and the abject by making seductive images from surprising and visceral sources. I am a feminist artist who uses photography to transform the mundane into the sublime. When I was 18 years old I came across a series of Guerilla Girl posters plastered on the streets of New York City. The posters revealed a hidden truth that I had never considered, and the encounter changed the way I viewed the world. With my artwork, I strive to make visible that which we take for granted. My photographs are a fleeting moment, a spontaneous formation, a surprising gesture of beauty. In direct opposition to our disposable culture’s obsession with unattainable perfection, my imagery engages with the anti-spectacle, the quiet and the ordinary. The art celebrates this humble state of being, one that is very human. 
 Drawing from the history of feminist art, my practice engages with the everyday as the subject matter for my images. The marks and routines of daily life, that were inspiration for feminist artists, are blended with abstract language and formal compositions to create a poetic experience that recontextualizes two seemingly oppositional styles into one.
Drop Sisyphus Remnant
In Plain Sight No Child Left Behind Traces
Hidden de Young 47 Years

all images © Victoria Mara Heilweil