Heather Newton Brown

Items of Refuse

Exhibit Location: Lecture Hall Gallery

Meet the Artist:  Thursday, April 11  |  6:00-7:00 pm

Notes: Heather’s paintings are for sale. Please stop by the reference desk for more information.

About Heather

Like many artists, I use art as a way to process experiences, and to explore my own ever-changing perspective. I love worn, found objects, I resonate with things that have been lost and found, with the cycle of becoming something new. 

“Items of Refuse” explores the tension of reclaiming, and of creating beauty out of scraps by using objects discarded, “throw away” items that I have collected and reclaimed, paired with “throw away” phrases used to describe and disregard those dismissed by society. The work is a processing of my responses to capitalism and socially constructed binaries while celebrating human creativity and perseverance. 

Heather Newton Brown (She/They) is a Maine-raised visual artist currently living in unceded Wabanaki territory known as Casco with her family. Heather is largely self-taught, with instruction from local artists and guidance from advisors at Goddard College, where she received her Bachelors of Arts. She also holds a Master's Degree in Counseling from Union Institute and University.

Exploring the intersection of nature and human experience, Heather stives to express emotion through abstraction, using a variety of materials and processes. In the studio, she explores the balance between deconstruction and construction, the point when alchemy, inspiration, and vision collide. She is drawn to incorporating new and unexpected materials, and is deeply curious about every step of the creative process: gathering materials, making paint, composition, execution and problem solving. Through the combination of forms, materials, and processes, something new is synthesized.

When not painting, Heather works as a psychotherapist. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her 4-legged and human companions, volunteering, nature pursuits, and scrounging around for scrap metal to rust, burn, and incorporate into her next painting.

Heather is represented by Art Space Gallery. For more information about Heather please visit her website, or follow her on Facebook and Instagram.

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