Inpatient (Winner: Community)

Inpatient (Winner: Community)

Artist Heather J. Martelock

Category: Community

Biography: My life has been filled with great positive and negative events all of which assist me to create subjects from those experiences and the ones of those closest to me. The use of oil paint in a figurative expressive style mixed with a touch of realism allows me to produce this visual diary of my life. The use of building materials and canvas as support materials reflects my labour working heritage. I have lived and travelled throughout Canada’s far Arctic Regions and Northern towns of Ontario and Manitoba, finally settling in our country’s Capital. I have studied at the University of Ottawa earning first a Bachelor of Fine Arts where I honed my artistic skills and developed the insight and skills to produce strong, tactile and highly expressive oil paintings and drawings. Further studies in an Honours Bachelor of Arts, (Religious Studies), and ultimately a Master of Art , (Religious Studies) specializing in Inuit and Dene Christian Artifacts and Architecture. All these studies gave me the ability to incorporate elements from Egyptian, Aboriginal, Christian and Jewish studies.

Description: This work gives emphasis to the internal utter terror experienced when entering the “Inpatient” world. I remember it lasted through what seemed an eternity, finally subsiding but so very slowly. Never fully gone.

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