While in New York last year, some friends suggested we go check out a piece in the Brooklyn Museum a friend of theirs, Heather Hart, had done. It was called ‘The Eastern Oracle: We Will Tear the Roof Off the Mother’ and it was a pretty amazing piece to see and experience — and I say experience because this is not a painting on a wall but a life-size roof of a house laid bare on the museum floor that you can walk on and inside — I remember even having to sign a waiver. It was a beautiful piece of work — going inside to place gold leaf on the inside walls felt almost transformative.
Recently, I saw she was doing a piece here in the Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park for the summer. I was excited not only because I have been loving the temporary pieces SAM has installed there (loved loved loved last year’s ‘Air Below Ground’ by Carolina Silva) but because I had seen images of the construction of ‘The Western Oracle: We Will Tear the Roof Off the Mother’ and it just looked so at home there. You really should go check it out if you’re in the area.
Thanks Heather Hart for braving traffic and rain to sit for a portrait in the Creatives Series!