SECCA to Present Exhibition Featuring Ellen Heck: At the Well As part of SECCA’s Southern Idiom Series
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (May 6, 2019)—The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) is presenting an exhibition featuring artwork by Winston-Salem based artist Ellen Heck as part of SECCA’s curated sale series Southern Idiom. The show is entitled At the Well and features a series of oil on panel paintings. At the Well will be on display in the Preview Gallery at SECCA. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, May 30, 2019 from 6 to 8 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public and will include a cash bar (no bar charge for SECCA Members). Heck’s artwork will be available for purchase and will remain on display through June 30.
Image Credit: Study of a Blush Zoom, by Ellen Heck, Oil on panel
Regarding her At the Well series, Heck wrote the following artist’s statement:
“In this newest body of work, I re-examine a long-loved masterwork, William-Adolphe Bouguereau’s The Broken Pitcher (La Cruche Cassée), the portrait of a blushing girl leaning against a well with a broken water pitcher at her feet. Originally, I set out to decide whether or not I should allow myself to continue enjoying this painting, but already in the early stages of the project, I am again interested in rendering and placing theoretical forms in a believable world. Noticing the vessel-like qualities of the Klein bottle, which is a topological cousin of the Möbius strip with an added dimension, I have replaced the broken pitcher with this new form, changing the figures accordingly. In the language of math, a Klein bottle is described as a ‘non-orientable surface with no boundary.’ If that isn’t something worth exploring, I don’t know what is.”
Opening Reception May 30
Heck has received degrees from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Brown University. She is represented by galleries in the US and UK and has been an artist in residence at Kala Art Institute (Berkeley, CA), Northern Print (Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK), and the Rockport Center for the Arts (Rockport, TX). Her work is in the permanent collections of London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, Stanford University, and The Cleveland Museum of Art. She lives and works in Winston Salem, NC and has taught intaglio workshops at Sawtooth.
Located in SECCA’s Preview Gallery, Southern Idiom is a new series that explores local artists and the variety of forms they produce. Past artists include Chad Beroth, Frank Campion, Kevin Calhoun, Emily Clare, Eric Juth, Laura Lashley, Paul Travis Phillips, Cindy Taplin, and Mona Wu. Artwork in the series is for sale, and proceeds benefit both the artist and SECCA’s exhibition fund.
The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem, N.C. is a creative leader of the arts in the Southeast, a museum boldly giving artists of the region a platform for visibility while connecting local communities with the international world of contemporary art. Located at 750 Marguerite Drive, the museum is open Tuesday through Sunday. For hours, please visit secca.org. SECCA is an affiliate of the North Carolina Museum of Art, a division of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. SECCA receives operational funding from The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. Additional funding is provided by the James G. Hanes Memorial Fund.
About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susi H. Hamilton, NCDNCR’s mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state’s history, conserving the state’s natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development. NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette’s Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C. Zoo, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit ncdcr.gov.