EMILY HEILER

Home is a complex space; it is where we learn to understand ourselves, others, and the roles we are meant to play. I paint images of the women in my life and objects that furnish our living spaces. By looking closely at different domestic surroundings, I explore my own connection to the concept of home. The cluttered belongings girls collect give insight into our lives and how we function in the current world. These belongings act as icons of a shared experience.​ I explore the figure and objects through the process of oil painting. Rendering images similarly to the realistic way they would be seen, while exploring color and scale. Color relationships play a major role in the work, where vibrate pinks are contrasted against muted grays and deep purple shadows. A strong light source illuminates the subject. Through this contradiction of light and shadow, the work presents the domestic space as a location for both comfort and tension. Paintings ranging in scale, from small intimate images to large works that allow you to sit with me in my surroundings. By painting seemingly small moments of the women around me and our surroundings, I am able to analyze the intricacies of every day life, and show how these moments are actually monumental.

Window Vigil

Oil on Canvas

18 x 12 inches

2021

Burrow

Oil on Canvas

71 x 50 inches

2020

Ari

Oil on Canvas

46 x 38 inches

2021

Details

Oil on Paper

18 x 14 (series of 9)

2021

A Common Memory

Oil on Canvas

48 x 36 inches

2020

Ashley

Oil on Canvas

30 x 40

2021