Heather Passmore

Curriculum Vitae

Artist Statement




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Artist Statement

My practice generally incorporates quotidian and discarded materials with painting, drawing and photography. I work intuitively, across a variety of media as needed. Many of my projects incorporate socio-historically laden materials which bear accumulations of labour and/or histories of taste. Over the past 15 years these have included such materials as outdated human breast milk, linoleum from demolished real estate, hand-notated sheet music, Enlightenment-era pornography, abandoned mattresses, left-wing t-shirts, yarn, rope, and art world form letters. Many of my projects reconfigure found objects with evidential historical value in a way which revises expected narratives.

I am a founding member of Art Mamas, a Vancouver art collective composed of nine artist mothers. Our collective formed in 2015 in response to a practical need to counter the denigration of motherhood within professional spheres such as the art world. Without understating the real structural constraints of parenthood on our practices, the collective highlights the multifaceted meaning, grit, commitment, insight, and knowledge that this position generates in our work.