“Aesthetics & Whimsey” Mixed Media and Collage by Heidi Lewis Coleman

Harrison Council for the Arts presents “Aesthetics & Whimsy” mixed media and collage by Heidi Lewis Coleman at the Harrison Public Library, Halperin Building, 2 Bruce Avenue, Harrison, NY on view July 3-28.  Meet the Artist on July 5 from 7:00 to 8:45 p.m.


My work reflects an ongoing exploration into the aesthetics of using language in art. While most conceptual artists incorporate text into their work as a means of analyzing popular culture or for making political and social commentary, I am more intrigued with developing text as a visual design element. I am particularly inspired by Asian art and have studied the intricate calligraphy used to decorate ancient scrolls and screens. The columns of simple, yet elegant characters may express specific meanings, but a viewer is not required to understand that meaning in order to appreciate the grace and integrity of the artwork.

I create mixed media pieces and steel sculptures which incorporate my own stylized abstract writing. Originally, my invented languages were painted on paper, cut out and then applied to a painted canvas. As the work has evolved, I’ve continued to develop new characters by deconstructing and reconstructing my original text, creating languages which are visually richer and more complex. More recently, I have extended this process by incorporating “Mandalas” into my art, circular forms which were originally used by the Hindus and Buddhists as focal points for meditation.

For me, the languages have an ancient, almost mystical quality. I believe that because my artwork communicates in the abstract, individual viewers are not forced to translate it specifically, allowing them to connect with the energy of each piece in ways that are personal and unique.

Heidi is an award-winning artist who has exhibited extensively and her work is in many private collections.

EDUCATION:  Parsons School of Art and Design – New York, NY; New York School of Design – New York, NY  (Associates Degree with Highest Honors – 1991); University of Washington – Seattle, WA (Bachelors of Arts – 1980). 

The exhibit may be viewed Mondays and Wednesdays 9:30am to 9pm; Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays 9:30am to 5:30pm and Saturdays 9:30am to 12 noon.  For info call the Library at 914/835-0324 or see www.harrisonpl.org.

Event Location and Ticket Information

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Harrison Public Library
2 Bruce Avenue
Harrison, NY
Handicap Accessible? Yes

Date: Saturday, July 15, 2017 - Sunday, July 16, 2017
Times: 12:00 am

Ticket pricing:
Free event

Presenter: Harrison Public Library
Presenter Phone: 9148350324
Presenter Website: www.harrisonpl.org