Dot Matrix, 2011 by Heather Cleary
Talc, 2010 by Heather Cleary
Magazine, 2010 by Heather Cleary
Artifact, 2011 by Heather Cleary
Corner Table, 2011 by Heather Cleary
Growing up in Florida, Heather always marveled at the constant invention and reinvention of the world around her. Witnessing the temporal Florida landscape fueled her curiosity about the construction of reality. In 2003, Heather earned a BFA with a concentration in photography from Massachusetts College of Art. She lives and works in Boston.
My images explore the subjective and fluid experience of reality. I work at home with domestic objects, such as side fruit, magazines and houseplants. By selecting, modifying and/or isolating items from their context, I pull objects from utility into abstraction. I make the mundane questionable, playfully dubious. In this way, these photographs explore the relationship between impartial objects and personal perceptions, focusing on the subtleties that produce multiple layers of experience.
For me, omitting information is a way to create focus. By choosing subjects that suggest multiple identities, placing originals next to replicas, allowing matter to hover between visible and invisible, and by deconstructing objects and displaying them flat, I aim to activate the mind. Pulling back the layers of belief and certainty enables me to reexamine accepted truths.