landscapes of the mind
This series is a reflection on the interior of self, self portraits married with landscape imagery are meant to evoke a dreamlike state where reality is not quite attainable. Intuition plays a central role in the work which becomes an investigation into themes of transience, interconnection and change. By adding layers of imagery, by using motion to reflect fluidity, the imagery becomes transitory just as is imagination, thought and nature itself is.
Vancouver is known for its famous bridge - the Lions’ Gate, its beautiful harbour and magnificent park - Stanley and its westcoast laidback vibe. Its history includes First Nations roots, English and Spanish explorers, and a Gastown full of wild lumberjacks. A bustling seaport with boats and ships, biplanes, seagulls, eagles and raven’s if you are lucky. The killer whales are coming back to eat the herring after many years away. Vancouver is home to beautiful buildings and historical landmarks. It has a wealth of mountains and vistas and ocean surrounding it's center. These photographs are an homage to the city of my birth.
cabinet of natural curiosities
This work began with a dream. Dead bees (known as messengers of spirits) were wrapped up in a towel and given to me. When I opened the gift, the bees were almost dust. The bee is a symbol of the potency of nature, it is life itself, creating honey, pollinating flowers, following an ordered existence. I think of death often, more precisely of how long I have left… we begin to die the day of our birth. I photographed the bees and their friends at The Spencer Entomology Museum Collection at U.B.C. It is a rich source of bugs, butterflies, dragonflies and insects, pinned and preserved in jars so we can observe their beauty in death. Most of the botanicals were shot in France on a long winding country road in the province of Vendee on a early summer evening. The Fool’s Parsley - Aethusa Cynapium, also known as Poison Parsley is an annual herb in the plant family Apiaceae, native in Europe.
iphone and instagram
Day to day life, snippets of moments and colours, shapes and forms, places and people to remember. Follow my instagram feed http://instagram.com/studioheather
"If Owl on strong majestic wings has flown into your world, she knows that the time has come for you to seek that which is hidden. Arcane knowledge deep within the ageless traditions of white magic will now reveal itself if you quiet your mind and take the time to explore the mysteries beyond… Like Owl, you will absorb the benign and nourishing, and discard that which is destructive… " Susie Greene, Animal Wisdom
cybele - blue rose
Cybele was a Phrygian earth mother goddess. She was worshipped from the Neolithic age and embodies the fertile earth. She is a life-death-rebirth goddess, a goddess of mountains, nature and wild animals. Blue roses signify mystery and the unattainable; something which is not within natureʼs realities. I wanted the images evoke a visceral, earthy sensibility.
nocturne and illumine
Dark and light in the garden with the windflower
antique les fleurs
A reference to 18th century botanical illustrations in photographic form
la belle france
eat sleep wander brocante drink beach shop wine
madonna and child
There have been a multitude of Madonnas presented to us in visual form throughout the ages - I’m fascinated by these images and their subliminal influence. Images from the past and the present often show women in “ideal” forms. There is a notion that the Virgin - as a mother, is a perfect example of womanhood; someone to worship, to believe in and to model oneself after. The internal and external pressures to perform a number of roles in a successful manner comes from our historical and contemporary written, oral and visual references. In society, knowledge and power are transferred to children through verbal and visual modelling situations. The Virgin and Child is an eternal theme and to translate it into contemporary terms is a compelling challenge. I am very interested in the manipulation of imagery, from a theoretical viewpoint and, as well, from an aesthetic point. Representation of male or female, animal or inanimate object has never been and probably never will be a realistic portrayal of that being or object. To consciously comment upon by distortion or through symbolic structure while avoiding stereotypical conventions is the approach I wish to follow in all my work. Heather Johnston - Royal College of Art 1992
This work is about beauty and representation of women in society, past and present. They are all self portraits juxtaposed with projections from both art historical and contemporary media sources. The masks are used as symbols representing the nature of masks to reveal, to protect, to conceal and or to decorate.
Both personal and commissioned work. If you would like a portrait sitting please contact the studio 604.984.2885 or email email@example.com for more information
These flora triptychs are available as archival digital prints at 12" x 12" by 3 and 20" x 20" by 3.