Heather Topp: Livid Here
Due to sustained public interest, the Art Gallery of Sudbury has extended the exhibition Livid Here from local artist Heather Topp until Sunday, August 20. The exhibition is now slated to include an artist talk led by Heather Topp at an upcoming date.
This exhibition features several different styles and mediums, coming together in one unifying theme that encompasses Topp’s personal view of community issues.
Livid Here features 14 suites of art and a total of 89 works. This is the first retrospective of Topp’s work as well as her first full gallery exhibition at the Art Gallery of Sudbury.
Heather Topp’s processes of art-making often call upon non-traditional mediums that in turn widen the definition of the fine arts. In Livid Here, Topp includes painting, drawings, clay masks and sculptures, and large scale papier-mâché figures. Sculptor Louise Nevelson was an important source of inspiration.
“Her works totally allowed me to get back to doing what I think was natural [for me] to do.” Says Heather Topp.
Topp looks to other female artists as a source of original inspiration by challenging traditional the boundaries between “high” and “low” forms of visual art and embracing traditional and popular modes of female art and innovative craft production.
Each series of art produced by Topp seeks to create a dialogue with the viewer about the challenges in the social landscape of the community we live in. “My art is a discussion,” said Topp “It should always be changing and contradicting itself, it should always be this tension”.
The Art Gallery of Sudbury is located at 251 John Street. The Gallery is open Tuesday – Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, please visit us online at www.artsudbury.org, or call 705-675-4871.