Lately I have become increasingly interested in the relationship between visual art and kinetics, a topic that I have been researching for some time.
It is not only the relationship between the two, but also the result of this fusion that particularly fascinates me. So today I wanted to share with you a truly inspiring artist whose very movements on paper gradually become visual works of art.
Heather Hansen is a contemporary performance artist and dancer from New Orleans. Her graceful movements mark the paper with charcoal, gradually building a beautiful diagram of her ritual dance. Her performance video Emptied Gestures beautifully illustrates her work:
Art is present throughout her creative process building onwards from the kinetics, the energy, and the ever-transforming canvas to the relationship between performance and audience. I find her work truly mesmerising and would love to experience her artwork live.
Some of her performance works are also featured on her website. Two of my favorite ones below.