My inspiration as an artist comes from my fascination with mythology and storytelling as a connection to the people and places that came before us— people who are no longer with us. It is the feeling of love and loss in equal parts. How can we be here, and love as hard as we love, and then be gone? This is the universal human experience; love and loss and the heart-rending beauty of it all. This feeling is where the roots of the work are. The myths and stories connect us back through the generations and millennia of humanity. The stories are what remain, and these are the artifacts of belonging.
About The Artist:
Heidi Buscher’s painting series thread through time in a lush and thoughtful examination of Hawai‘i’s past, present and future. The artist balances abstract mark-making within works that convey a sense of spirituality, a sense of our humanity, and our connection to the past. Buscher explores the idea that what remains are the stories, myths, and legends shared across time and civilizations. Hawaiian mythology anchors the work. Buscher gathers thousands of source materials: patterns, fabrics, archival texts, handwritten letters and imagery as visual threads to inspire, layer and fold into her art making process.
Heidi Buscher received an MFA from San Francisco State University in 2001. She has worked in many media including ceramic sculpture, bronze sculpture, acrylic painting and pottery. After a hiatus spent raising young children and teaching full time, Buscher has returned to a vibrant art practice with her painting series that evokes a sense of nostalgia and connection to the past. The work references our connections to the past, while threading them forward through a contemporary lens of expressionistic mark making.