Heather B. Swann

The Waiting Room

may 23 -  27, 2018
auckland art fair


 Heather B. Swann   I will not remember your name    2018  wood, champagne corks, modelling compound, shellac  dimensions variable  As both its title and its imagery imply, this work explores the ways that identity and independence can be compromised by uncertainty, infirmity or desire.   The sculpture began with a gathering of heads, modelled over champagne cork cores. These little portraits, these suggestive fragments, these vague hints or recollections of personality then disposed themselves like spring-time buds along the organic, irregular length of twelve Tasmanian ‘horizontal scrub’ walking sticks.   Although it therefore consists of a dozen distinct parts and many more individual faces, although it is deliberately uncentred by uncanny disjunctions of image, material and scale and although the various elements are intentionally separable - in order that they can be used as ‘performance tools’ -  I will not remember your name  is conceived as a unity. The iconography is continuous.  If these 'memory sticks’ are bunched tightly together in a stack, they are like bunches of faggots, or the bound-together rods of the Roman  fasces.  Presented with some space between them - leaning up against architecture or furniture – they might individually invoke the medieval image of the Tree of Jesse, and through that a more general idea of familial descent. Pale, ghostly, bone-like, they summon the presence or absence of those who have used sticks to negotiate the world.   I will not remember your name  will be featured in Heather’s solo exhibition in Tokyo in October this year. View details of the exhibition here:  AustraliaNow2018

Heather B. Swann

I will not remember your name   2018

wood, champagne corks, modelling compound, shellac

dimensions variable

As both its title and its imagery imply, this work explores the ways that identity and independence can be compromised by uncertainty, infirmity or desire. 

The sculpture began with a gathering of heads, modelled over champagne cork cores. These little portraits, these suggestive fragments, these vague hints or recollections of personality then disposed themselves like spring-time buds along the organic, irregular length of twelve Tasmanian ‘horizontal scrub’ walking sticks. 

Although it therefore consists of a dozen distinct parts and many more individual faces, although it is deliberately uncentred by uncanny disjunctions of image, material and scale and although the various elements are intentionally separable - in order that they can be used as ‘performance tools’ - I will not remember your name is conceived as a unity. The iconography is continuous.

If these 'memory sticks’ are bunched tightly together in a stack, they are like bunches of faggots, or the bound-together rods of the Roman fasces. Presented with some space between them - leaning up against architecture or furniture – they might individually invoke the medieval image of the Tree of Jesse, and through that a more general idea of familial descent. Pale, ghostly, bone-like, they summon the presence or absence of those who have used sticks to negotiate the world.

I will not remember your name will be featured in Heather’s solo exhibition in Tokyo in October this year. View details of the exhibition here: AustraliaNow2018

 Heather B. Swann   Broken Thread    2018  single-channel video 6:51 minutes  edition 5 + 1 AP  video Tanaka Eikoh   music composition Leo Mares   piano Leo Mares  voice Jack Swann

Heather B. Swann

Broken Thread   2018

single-channel video 6:51 minutes

edition 5 + 1 AP

video Tanaka Eikoh 

music composition Leo Mares 

piano Leo Mares

voice Jack Swann

 Heather B. Swann   Unforgettable  (introversion vehicle for Timothy Hill)     2018   wire, buckram, silk, cotton, velvet, copper, blackthorn    installation dimensions variable

Heather B. Swann

Unforgettable  (introversion vehicle for Timothy Hill)    2018 

wire, buckram, silk, cotton, velvet, copper, blackthorn  

installation dimensions variable

 Heather B. Swann   Man waiting    2018  wood, leather, tacks  92 x 35 x 3.5 cm

Heather B. Swann

Man waiting   2018

wood, leather, tacks

92 x 35 x 3.5 cm

 Heather B. Swann   Man waiting   2018  (detail)

Heather B. Swann

Man waiting  2018  (detail)

 Heather B. Swann   The letter that never came     2017  100 glass moons, wood, modelling compound, brass, Wilkinson ceramic hatpin holder, ink, photograph  3 parts, installation dimensions variable

Heather B. Swann

The letter that never came    2017

100 glass moons, wood, modelling compound, brass, Wilkinson ceramic hatpin holder, ink, photograph

3 parts, installation dimensions variable

 Heather B. Swann   The Black Sun and the Blue Moon    2016  paper, glue, ink  2 parts, 30 x 33 x 30 cm & 30 x 37 x 30 cm

Heather B. Swann

The Black Sun and the Blue Moon   2016

paper, glue, ink

2 parts, 30 x 33 x 30 cm & 30 x 37 x 30 cm

 Heather B. Swann   The Finger     2017  patinated bronze  edition of 5, 15 x 18 x 10 cm

Heather B. Swann

The Finger    2017

patinated bronze

edition of 5, 15 x 18 x 10 cm

 Heather B. Swann   Dumb Words     2016  champagne corks, modelling compound, ink, wire, glue, marble dust  8 parts, height 10cm, installation dimensions variable

Heather B. Swann

Dumb Words    2016

champagne corks, modelling compound, ink, wire, glue, marble dust

8 parts, height 10cm, installation dimensions variable

 Heather B. Swann   Paris    1998   torn photograph  8 x 15 cm

Heather B. Swann

Paris   1998 

torn photograph

8 x 15 cm

 The Waiting Room Collection   chipped, cracked and broken - C18th, C19th and C20th porcelain. All have been repaired at home or taken to a metalsmith for staple repairs, often with melancholy effect. 

The Waiting Room Collection 

chipped, cracked and broken - C18th, C19th and C20th porcelain. All have been repaired at home or taken to a metalsmith for staple repairs, often with melancholy effect. 

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 Heather B. Swann    Hypertext    2010 ink on paper 280.0 x 300.0 cm overall, (each individual sheet 70.0 x 100.0 cm each)

Heather B. Swann 

Hypertext   2010
ink on paper
280.0 x 300.0 cm overall, (each individual sheet 70.0 x 100.0 cm each)

 Heather B. Swann    The thought becomes a bubble (blue eye)    2016  ink and acrylic on paper  76.5 x 105 cm

Heather B. Swann 

The thought becomes a bubble (blue eye)   2016

ink and acrylic on paper

76.5 x 105 cm

 Heather B. Swann    The two seers    2016  ink on paper  56 x 76 cm

Heather B. Swann 

The two seers   2016

ink on paper

56 x 76 cm

 Heather B. Swann    The Poet    2016  ink on paper  42 x 59.5 cm

Heather B. Swann 

The Poet   2016

ink on paper

42 x 59.5 cm

 Heather B. Swann    The thought becomes a bubble (blue head)    2016  ink on paper  76.5 x 105 cm

Heather B. Swann 

The thought becomes a bubble (blue head)   2016

ink on paper

76.5 x 105 cm

 Heather B. Swann    Succubus    2016  ink on paper  50 x 70 cm

Heather B. Swann 

Succubus   2016

ink on paper

50 x 70 cm

 Heather B. Swann    Stillness    2016  ink on paper  56 x 76 cm

Heather B. Swann 

Stillness   2016

ink on paper

56 x 76 cm

 Heather B. Swann    Soap Bubble Head 3    2016  ink on paper  56 x 76 cm

Heather B. Swann 

Soap Bubble Head 3   2016

ink on paper

56 x 76 cm

 Heather B. Swann    Soap Bubble Head (Can you put your hands in your head?)    2016  ink on paper  76.5 x 105 cm

Heather B. Swann 

Soap Bubble Head (Can you put your hands in your head?)   2016

ink on paper

76.5 x 105 cm

 Heather B. Swann    Soap Bubble Head 1    2016  ink on paper  56 x 76 cm

Heather B. Swann 

Soap Bubble Head 1   2016

ink on paper

56 x 76 cm

 Heather B. Swann    Soap Bubble Head 2    2016  ink on paper  56 x 76 cm

Heather B. Swann 

Soap Bubble Head 2   2016

ink on paper

56 x 76 cm

 Heather B. Swann    So far from me    2014  ink on paper  76.5 x 105 cm

Heather B. Swann 

So far from me   2014

ink on paper

76.5 x 105 cm

 Heather B. Swann    Slipping away    2016  ink on paper  56 x 76 cm

Heather B. Swann 

Slipping away   2016

ink on paper

56 x 76 cm

 Heather B. Swann   Nothing to say    2016  ink on paper  56 x 76 cm

Heather B. Swann

Nothing to say   2016

ink on paper

56 x 76 cm

 Heather B. Swann   Slider and Corona    2016  ink on paper  42 x 59.5 cm

Heather B. Swann

Slider and Corona   2016

ink on paper

42 x 59.5 cm

 Heather B. Swann   Night Creature     2016  ink on paper  56 x 76 cm

Heather B. Swann

Night Creature    2016

ink on paper

56 x 76 cm

 Heather B. Swann   Not land owners    2016  ink on paper  50 x 70 cm

Heather B. Swann

Not land owners   2016

ink on paper

50 x 70 cm

 Heather B. Swann   Mr Miserable    2016  ink and acrylic on paper  76.5 x 105 cm

Heather B. Swann

Mr Miserable   2016

ink and acrylic on paper

76.5 x 105 cm

 Heather B. Swann   Never stop    2016  ink on paper  56 x 76 cm

Heather B. Swann

Never stop   2016

ink on paper

56 x 76 cm

 Heather B. Swann   Hunch    2016  ink on paper  56 x 76 cm

Heather B. Swann

Hunch   2016

ink on paper

56 x 76 cm

 Heather B. Swann   Let’s just get out of here    2016  ink on paper  56 x 76 cm

Heather B. Swann

Let’s just get out of here   2016

ink on paper

56 x 76 cm

 Heather B. Swann   Dream of a time   2016  ink on paper  56 x 76 cm

Heather B. Swann

Dream of a time  2016

ink on paper

56 x 76 cm

 Heather B. Swann   Great Big Hunchback    2016  ink on paper  56 x 76 cm

Heather B. Swann

Great Big Hunchback   2016

ink on paper

56 x 76 cm

 Heather B. Swann    Crash    2016  ink on paper  56 x 76 cm

Heather B. Swann 

Crash   2016

ink on paper

56 x 76 cm

 Heather B. Swann    Do not stop    2016  ink on paper  50 x 72 cm

Heather B. Swann 

Do not stop   2016

ink on paper

50 x 72 cm

 Heather B. Swann    Platypus    2016  ink on paper  56 x 76 cm

Heather B. Swann 

Platypus   2016

ink on paper

56 x 76 cm

 Heather B. Swann    You men pay attention    2014  ink on paper  56 x 76 cm

Heather B. Swann 

You men pay attention   2014

ink on paper

56 x 76 cm

 Heather B. Swann    How to make a cradle    2014  ink on paper  56 x 76 cm

Heather B. Swann 

How to make a cradle   2014

ink on paper

56 x 76 cm

 Heather B. Swann    Penitent Kneeler    2014  ink and acrylic on paper  76.5 x 105 cm

Heather B. Swann 

Penitent Kneeler   2014

ink and acrylic on paper

76.5 x 105 cm

 Heather B. Swann    Dust    2014  ink on paper  56 x 76 cm

Heather B. Swann 

Dust   2014

ink on paper

56 x 76 cm

 Heather B. Swann    Hello Hello Hello    2014  ink and acrylic on paper  76.5 x 105 cm

Heather B. Swann 

Hello Hello Hello   2014

ink and acrylic on paper

76.5 x 105 cm

 Heather B. Swann    Balance    2014  ink on paper  76.5 x 105 cm

Heather B. Swann 

Balance   2014

ink on paper

76.5 x 105 cm

 Heather B. Swann    Cecilia Roman ch    2014  ink on paper  76.5 x 105 cm

Heather B. Swann 

Cecilia Roman ch   2014

ink on paper

76.5 x 105 cm

 Heather B. Swann    Long Rock    2012  ink on paper  56 x 76 cm

Heather B. Swann 

Long Rock   2012

ink on paper

56 x 76 cm

 Heather B. Swann    Raking light    2013  ink on paper  70 x 100 cm

Heather B. Swann 

Raking light   2013

ink on paper

70 x 100 cm