Heidi Wigmore: Lockdown series

Heidi Wigmore's practice is drawing-based; the impulse of the work is to challenge, resist and subvert cultural norms of female experience. Alongside studio-based works on paper, the drawing extends to installation inside/onto empty buildings and structures, and large scale banners and billboards as public artworks. She exploits the transformative potential of the drawn image in outdoor space and its performative and participatory possibilities as work made in the public realm.

"My studio has been a sanctuary during Covid-19 lockdown. A space to retreat to. A place to work things out. It seemed imperative to make a visual response to the fast unfolding of the pandemic and to document its repercussions and impact as I was experiencing it. I worked fast. Using materials that offered  immediacy and directness. Large scale. Important to somehow 'pin down this moment'. To represent. To bear witness. Each piece expanded to fill my studio wall: 5ft x 9ft. They have the feel of an epic Grecian frieze, telling the tale of a great historic narrative, as it happened. I envisage them displayed together in one space, filling the walls. Or in an outside space as big banners or hoardings or billboards. Impossible to ignore."

You can see more of Heidi's work on her website.

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