FEATURED ARTIST: Interview with Sara Nina Heron
Based in Vancouver, BC, Sara Nina Heron has worked in multiple and diverse mediums. She presently works with stone exploring distinctions between form and essence. See her collection here.
We spoke with Sara to gain a better understanding of how material and feeling are connected in her sculptural practice.
Q: How has your work changed over time?
I have worked in many mediums, paint, fabric, clay, pen and ink, now stone—the unifying aspect in all the work has been the intimation of the thing rather than the thing itself. As I’ve grown as a human being I hope the work reflects the maturity and understanding that come with age.
Q: What’s something people wouldn’t know about you and your work?
I work slowly: I love the happy accident, the imperfections, the rawness of the stone when it can be incorporated into the piece adding to its vitality. The implication of possibility; the important part is seeing what the stone wants to become.
Q: How do you title your work?
Sometimes whimsy, sometimes a word will occur mid point, sometimes it just feels right. There is no real process that I go through to title my work. Titles are mostly irrelevant to the piece. They are given because I have been asked to give titles to differentiate one piece from another. I would be just as happy calling them 1, 2, 3, 4, and so on.
Q: What is your favourite piece that you have made?
My favourite piece is always the last piece I have made. I do have a particular fondness for a series I titled Homage to Homer which deals mostly with double portraits of Homeric characters.
Q: How do you feel when you send a piece off to its new home?
I am not possessive of my work: I love sending a piece out into the world as I feel that whoever now has it must enjoy it. Otherwise, why would they want it?
Q: What memorable responses have you had to your work?
I was told that a piece a friend had bought “soothed” her when she was going through a hard time—when she had little hope left it gave her “the courage to keep going.” High praise!
Q: Describe a time you were surprised by a decision or outcome you made concerning your art.
Each piece holds a surprise—it is the process of discovering it that brings joy. One can’t impose one’s will on stone, one can only work with it and discover its possibilities. It might hold a different possibility for someone else. No matter. My relationship to it is the mark that is made.
Q: Who will your art speak to?
I hope it will speak to anyone who enjoys seeing, feeling. I think stone needs to be touched. The sensuality of the medium is what is attractive to me and I hope that others respond to that. I imply the body through its parts. The physical connection of hand rasp, stone, and defining form is important—as is the wonder of discovery.