School of Art, Design and Fashion
Hanover Building, HR101
Subject Areas: Art, Fine Art, Art History, Archives
Heather’s research is concerned with finding new ways to connect with factual, instructional, historical and archival materials. Often employing the use of embodied experience as enquiry her process often involves the use of re-construction and/or re-enactment – where materials are activated and mined for their creative and interpretative possibilities. The resulting work often provides a document of those interactions and places the viewer as an active agent in how meaning and knowledge are constructed.
Teaching activities and responsibilities
Research Activities and projects
Heather is currently undertaking a practice-based PhD which focusses on the German artist, Kurt Schwitters with specific focus on his final ‘Merzbau’, The Merz Barn and on his years in exile in England (1941-48). She is working closely with the Hatton Gallery, concentrating on their archive, relating to the movement of Schwitters’ Merz Barn Wall from Elterwater to the Hatton Gallery in 1965.
Heather’s most recent project entitled ‘The Losses’ employs Schwitters’ ‘Merz’ philosophy to consider how archival fragments may be re-constructed or reformed to offer new readings of his Merz Barn Wall, situated in the Hatton Gallery. In addition, how the language of conservation, restoration and archival study – as constantly evolving activities – form part of the viewer’s experience of engaging with the Wall as a fragment itself, which continues to be re-imagined.
2020 The Losses, catalogue. The Hatton Gallery, Newcastle (solo exhibition).
2018 Kurt Schwitters’ Ursonata, The Kurt Schwitters Society Newsletter (online International distribution).
2018 Towards A Gestural Archaeology of Kurt Schwitters’ Pointless Collage (or How I Learned About Schwitters’ Work Through Painting Leftovers), Intellect Journal (JAWS), London.
2017 The Caravan Press: Making Visible The Archive of Gwyneth Alban Davis, by Typ-ooo North. This publication is available at specific reference libraries which include: The British Library; The Armitt Museum; The Sprengel Museum and The Glasgow Women’s Library.