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August 23, 2012

Drawings bring natural world to Lawrence

A bit of the Wisconsin wilderness is coming to the Essex Arts Center in Lawrence.

The center’s Elizabeth A. Beland Gallery will present “At Home: New Work by Heidi Hogden,” from Sept. 7 to Oct. 19.

The opening reception is Friday, Sept. 14 , from 5 to 7 p.m. with an artist talk by Heidi Hogden at 5 p.m.

Hogden’s large-scale graphite drawings depict scenes from her Wisconsin home, specifically animal life and the surrounding landscape.

“Ultimately, an exploration of memory and longing, these meticulously executed drawings bring the viewer into the intimate world of Hogden’s home place - two deer fighting, a fawn left for the day by her mother, tucked into a nest of camouflaging grasses, a view of the sky up through prairie grass,” according to a description by the arts center staff.

Hogden reports, “This body of work consists of a series of graphite drawings on paper that investigate the area around my home in the township of Franklin, Wis. Each work presents a unique interpretation of the land by using photographic source material as inspiration. Through the process of drawing, I revisit the landscape of my childhood as it was, as it is and as I imagine it to be. This pursuit has led me to not only explore my home, but the home of other inhabitants. In this work I interweave notions of familiarity and distance with intimacy and voyeurism to reconstruct memories.”

Hogden studied painting and drawing at Minneapolis College of Art and Design, earning a bachelor’s in fine arts in 2008; and studio art at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in affiliation with Tufts University, earning her MFA earlier this year. She received the President’s Award in the Painting Area Show at the Museum School (’12) and studied in Italy with a Montague International Travel Grant (’11. Recent exhibitions include “New Talent” at Alpha Gallery (’12), “42.88°N, -88.01°W”, MFA Thesis Exhibition, at the Aidekman Arts Center (’12), “Topographies of Space: Between Somewhere and Nowhere” at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (’12), “Proof of Purchase” at Sampson Gallery (’11 and ‘12), and “Boston Young Contemporaries” at 808 Gallery (’10) among others. In addition to instructing art workshops, Hogden is currently a post graduate teaching fellow at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

The Elizabeth A. Beland Gallery is located on the first floor of Essex Art Center at 56 Island St., Lawrence. Gallery hours are weekdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The gallery is closed Oct. 8.

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