In her first exhibition at The Pit, Heather Rasmussen will present a new series of photographs and sculptures. The gallery space will be inhabited by sculptures resembling an accumulation of the staged objects and backdrops used in the creation of her photographs, which will line the gallery walls. For this exhibition, Rasmussen expands on her examination of the female form, her personal history as a dancer and motherhood. The artist recently photographed her changing body through the stages of pregnancy and post-birth, further examining relationships to cycles of life and death, and the ever evolving and changing body.
Throughout Rasmussen’s compositions one finds metaphorically charged still-life objects with personal and historical references such as sculptural recreations of the artist’s legs and feet, aging produce, and exotic minerals. These combine with sections of her own body that are refracted, distorted and multiplied through mirrors. The choreographed movement and the body in transformation are ever present in these pictures. In her surreal and poetic works, a vegetable echoes a human limb, something cumbersome becomes sexual, the inanimate becomes invigorated. Dichotomies are constantly set forth where objects and images slip between senses of movement and stasis, new and old, fresh and rotten. In select works the act of moving a mirror allows the viewer insight into what is otherwise generally held out of frame: glimpses of the artist and her studio where she makes the photographs.