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Shelley Heffler

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Shelley Heffler is a visual artist and educator. Born and raised in the Bronx. She moved to Los Angeles to continue her job as a designer. There she met her first husband. Together they traveled extensively throughout Europe and Asia. Back in Los Angeles, she returned to school to receive her M.A. and begin her career exhibiting her Sculptural Constructs. For more than 20 years, she has taught ceramics and exhibited extensively in Los Angeles. Her current studio is in Inglewood, CA.

Education: Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA, Penland School of Crafts, NC, California State University, Northridge, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York

“My recent work examines the visual language of mapping through process and manipulations of territorial boundaries and network of highways to better understand the ever-evolving world we inhabit. This series visually and metaphorically reference land, maps, strata, geology and geography. The works are a composite collection of locations that intuitively evoke a sense of place, time and people. Paintings employ an underlying grid of poured pigments and richly layered surfaces that reveal and conceal strata and crust. Process and its evidence have emerged as an essential aspect of this work.”

– Shelley Heffler