Patricia Treib and Aliza Nisenbaum, 2017, oil on canvas, 68 x 50 inches
Iris Yirei Hu, 2016, oil on canvas, 50 x 36 inches
Yujin Lee, 2016, oil on canvas, 40 x 30 inches
Installation shot of Fabric Project paintings 2015-2017. Heidi Howard paints portraits of friends and family. The paintings on view began in November 2015 with a personal invitation Howard made to friends, asking them to come to her studio with a piece of fabric on which their portrait would be painted. The small gouaches on fabric are the paintings Howard made with the sitters during their visits to her studio. Howard’s depictions of the fabric’s owners reveal a cosmology of relationships between object, memory, and our lived experience. Howard responds compositionally to the patterned fabric in her effort to weave it into the portrait of its owner. In some cases she chooses to make the portrait less visible or almost out of sight, and in other cases strong and prominent.
Victoria, 2016, oil on canvas, 36 x 40 inches
Patrice Washington, 2015, oil on canvas, 40 x 48 inches