In my art practice I aim to find connections and highlight processes and experiences that are implicit in everyday life and contribute to an understanding of the ways in which people interact with and make sense of the world. Minute everyday situations such as what we think about when sharing an armrest or stepping onto an elevator or the mental moment of deciding, are the subject of my work. These ubiquitous moments act as sites that ground abstract thoughts or inherent processes within a context of familiarity and provide access points through which more symbolic aspects of the human experience, such as cultural practices, rituals and value systems, can be explored and examined.
Jacquelin Heichert is a Toronto based artist specializing in print media, book works and sculpture. Heichert holds a BFA from York University and a MFA from Concordia University. Her exhibition history includes solo exhibitions at Modern Fuel (Kingston), La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse (Montreal, QC), Gales Gallery (Toronto, ON), Latcham Art Centre (Stouffville, ON) and Atelier Circulaire (Montréal, QC). Group exhibitions include Eyelevel Gallery (Halifax, NS), Centre D’Exposition de Val-David (Val-David, QC), Cambridge Galleries (Cambridge, ON), Canadian Sculpture Centre (Toronto, ON), École des beaux-arts (Montreal, QC) and Kyoto International Woodprint Association (Japan). Heichert has attended several national and international artist residencies and received numerous awards including Spark Box Studio Emerging Artist Residency Award (Picton, ON), the Vermont Studio Center Residency (United States) and the Frans Masereel Centrum Printmaking Residency (Belgium) and has received the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Grant for her Master’s Degree research.
I would like to acknowledge the invaluable support and guidance from the following: Olivia Petrie, Donald and Jackie Petrie, Noelle Wharton-Ayer, Candice Davies, Stephanie Russ, Laurie Milner, Rebecca Duclos, Bonnie Baxter, Judy Garfin, François Morelli, Brandon Gunn, Barbara McGill Balfour, David Scott Armstrong, Dan Olson, The York University Print Media Studio (CFA Rm. 106) and Maura Broadhurst. And all of my family and friends for their contributions to my work, and for being a constant source inspiration. Thank you!