Heidi Pollard, My Own Mara
October 12 - November 12, 2019
"My Own Mara," 2017. Oil on canvas over panel. 45 x 40 inches.
The gallery is thrilled to present a solo exhibition of paintings by Albuquerque based artist Heidi Pollard.
Heidi Pollard is a painter and sculptor based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She was born in Detroit, and grew up in Ann Arbor, MI. Pollard has received awards from the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, and from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. Artist residencies include Headlands Center for the Arts, CA; the CUE Art Foundation in New York; Tamarind Institute and the Roswell Artist in Residence Program, NM.
Pollard has exhibited widely in the US, at venues including Tiger Strikes Asteroid, John Davis Gallery, McKenzie Fine Art, PS 122 and Key Projects in New York; at Transvagrant@Warschaw Gallery in Los Angeles; at the University of New Mexico Art Museum, the Museum of New Mexico, the Outpost, SCA Contemporary, 516 Arts and Exhibit 208 and the Harwood Art Center in New Mexico; with the CUE Art Foundation at NEXT Art Fair, Chicago; and with Horse Trader Curatorial Projects at Aqua Art Fair, Miami. Her work has been reviewed in Art New England and by Peter Plagens in Newsweek online.
Buddha sat under the Bodhi Tree and was very close to enlightenment; the god Mara sent all these crazy illusions and worldly temptations to distract him - beautiful daughters, armies of flaming arrows, you name it. He just touched the ground with his fingertips and said ’the Earth is my witness’, whereupon all of Mara’s lil mind bombs dissipated and Gautama became a Buddha. My own Mara is me and my own shite, not that I’m approaching any sort of enlightened state by a long shot.
-HP, September 29 2019
A digital presentation of available work can be found here.