Heather Goodwind

I really dig this mixed media piece, Positive Feedback, by Heather Goodwind. It’s a mix of acrylic paint, watercolor, sumi ink, which creates a fun, yet stark work.

I’m not really sure what it is. My first thought was that it was a cat, but then I thought it might be a rat. Either way it’s adorable.

Heather says her works represent a constant outpouring of singular impressions: clearly isolated images that capture flashes of emotion, changes in perception, or moments of recognition. She gives fleeting thoughts as much consideration as monumental ideas: nothing is more important than anything else and every small thing has its place.

Her process is modeled after the methods of improvisational theater. She makes a first mark, then asks herself, “if this is true, what else is true?” She repeats this process with the addition of each new element, using personal experience to shape the final image.

Each image represents an isolated narrative, yet all the images together tell a larger story. My accountability for the truth and permanence of this story is an important part of my identity as an artist. This is why I make all my works in sequential series, and never destroy or hide any of them.

Heather is in the Saatchi gallery. She lives and works in Portland, Oregon. If you dig this as much as I do, here is my