June 25 – September 10, 2017
Opening Reception Sunday, June 25
Members Preview: 1 – 2 PM
Public Reception: 2 – 4 PM
Despite living on the water for most of her life and calling the Delta Queen, a 100-year-old boat, home for the last 25 years, Heather Wilcoxon only recently began to focus on boats as her primary subject matter. She is perhaps best known for her quirky, cartoon-like creatures with skinny tails and snaggle-toothed snouts who visually communicated Wilcoxon’s concerns about the contemporary human condition, “like greed, narcissism, power mongering and the destruction of the planet,” as she explains. Read more below…
Wilcoxon’s current series of boat paintings portrays a distinctively different mood. There is more darkness, more hurt, and a deep, but quiet kind of sadness. They are devoid of the humor that pervades her previous work. While she has used boat images before, she has never worked on a series of them. She photographs boats, boat yards, and old hulls in and around her waterfront neighborhood and then draws from memory or dives right into a painting. According to Wilcoxon, “I felt that the boat form could be explored on many levels: the metaphor of decay, my dealings with cancer, to dealing with our current federal administration. And the physical beauty that surrounds me is ever changing – the tide comes in, the tide goes out. The wind, the fog, the light, the clouds, the winters, the bird migrations, the marsh by my boat all affect my daily practice.”
Wilcoxon received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1988. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally. Her work is in several permanent collections including The American University Museum, Washington DC, The Fine Arts Museum, Auchenbach Foundation of Graphic Arts in San Francisco, the Di Rosa Preserve in Napa, and the de Saisset Museum and Triton Museum in Santa Clara. She has taught at the College of Marin, UC Berkeley Extension, San Francisco Art Institute, JFK University, California College of the Arts, Center for the Book, National Institute of Art and Disabilities and The Richmond Art Center.
Adrift: New Works by Heather Wilcoxon, with be presented in conjunction with the ICA’s exhibition at Jack Fischer Gallery in San Francisco from June 17 – July 29.
Heather Wilcoxon: At Sea is supported in part by ICA Director’s Circle Members.
Doris and Alan Burgess, Elaine Cardinale, Jennifer and Michael Cuneo, Glenda and Gary Dorchak, Kathy Rosner-Galitz and Alan Galitz, Nancy Glaze, John Green and Martin Fox, Elena Lebedeva and Al Smith, Beverly and Peter Lipman, Nicki and Pete Moffat, Yvonne and Mike Nevens, Diane Jonte-Pace and David Pace, Kathy Schlepphorst and Jim Barton, and Deborah Shiba and Gordon Yamate