Red Sea, Mix medium on canvas, 54x56" 2015
Review by Kenneth Baker , SF Chronicle/ sfgate.com
"Marin painter Heather Wilcoxon's work seems to burst like sparks straight from her nervous system, diverted only by coils of zany fantasy or outraged social consciousness."
"On the Run" (2013) represents the challenges Wilcoxon poses to interpretation. Manifestly a product of collage and mixed media, it has a sort of potato head, which might also be a vehicle, at its center. The X on this form can read as cartoon symbolism for a dead eye - comics art and graffiti plainly nourish Wilcoxon's art.
But nothing here has scale, not even the hairy foot intruding from the left. The lines curling from its toes might be hideously overgrown nails or, no less hideous, bamboo slivers inserted by a torturer.
We wisely distrust the mythology of art as direct discharge of pain or anger, but Wilcoxon may come as close as anyone to rehabilitating it. We might find scrutiny of her work unbearable, did it not contain granules of humor that she must enjoy as much as anyone.
Winter Works, Heather Wilcoxon and Tony Fitzpatrick, Jack Fischer Gallery, San Francisco
www.squarecylinder.com review by David Roth
courtesy of Jack Fischer Gallery, San Francisco, Ca.
Heather Wilcoxon lives and works in the Bay Area . She received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1988. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally. Her work is in several permanent collections including The American University Museum, Washington DC, The Fine Arts Museum, Auchenbach Foundation of Graphic Arts in San Francisco, the De Saisset Museum and Triton Museum in Santa Clara and the Di Rosa Preserve in Napa, California. She has received several fellowship awards. Two from the Pollock/ Krasner Foundation,New York. Three painting grants from the Buck Foundation in Marin County and two residency fellowships from the Djerassi Artist Residency Program and The Stonehouse Artist Program in California.She is also been nominated 3 times for a SECA awards from SFMOMA. Most recently been nominated for a Eureka Fellowship.
She has taught at the College of Marin, UC Berkeley Extension , San Francisco Art Institute, Kennedy University, California College of the Arts, Center for the Book, National Institute of Art and Disabilities and The Richmond Art Center. She has been a visiting artist at and lectured at Rollins College,Orlando,Florida, Dominican University, Sonoma State College and Maine School of Art.
Her work can be seen at Jack Fischer Gallery in San Francisco.